Bonsai Show & Sale

Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, July 2

The Chinese Penjing Society of Canada Bonsai Show & Sale takes place July 1 & 2 in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Opening Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm

For more information contact: Peter Lee at or 604-351-3866.

Bloom Calendar


Monday, March 20 - Wednesday, June 21

In spring the Garden is bursting with cheerful rhododendrons, stunning magnolias, delicate cherry blossoms and bloom-full camellias –  to mention a few…

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Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, September 22

Summer in the Garden features vibrant colours and fragrant smells for our visitors to enjoy.

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Saturday, September 23 - Thursday, December 21

Autumn colours are absolutely stunning at the Garden, and there are plenty of blooms still showing.

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Thursday, December 21 - Sunday, March 24 2024

The winter Garden features muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms.


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Naturalist's Journal: Botanical Drawing (Online)

Wednesday, October 4 - Wednesday, October 18 11.00am - 1.00pm

Improve your drawing skills to become a better artist for journaling, teaching, or pure enjoyment. Observational drawing is about accurately representing what you see directly from nature in pencil on paper. In this process, identify plants by recording their character using the elements of art:  line, shape, form and colour, to develop your unique illustrations of plant life. Learn a variety of methods and approaches to capture quick representations of plants from different perspectives as well as close-up detail. Katharine will teach you how to record nature through illustration.

Apple Tree Selection & Tasting Workshop

Saturday, October 7 10:00am - 12:30pm

Are you eager to grow your very own bountiful apple harvest? Look no further than our comprehensive class designed to help you choose the ideal apple tree for your needs. This session will cover essential topics such as care, pollination, and grafting techniques, along with fascinating insights into the rich history of remarkable apple varieties.

Join us for an interactive apple-tasting experience, where you’ll have the opportunity to savour a delightful assortment of both familiar and lesser-known apple species.


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Hand Felted Flowers

Saturday, October 14


Wool+Water+Agitation=Magic! In this introduction to wet felting workshop, you will learn how to make a soft sculptural hand-felted flower. Starting with a 2D flat layout of fibres, wetting it down, agitating it or felting it until it becomes a material, cutting it, fulling it and sculpting it into a 3D flower. You will be given different shaping and finishing options, like cutting petals and creating stamens. Felting tools will be standing by for you to use (bubble wrap, felting solution, soap, towel.). Fibre supplies will be provided to make one flower.

Morning Workshop (10am – 12.30pm): Register Now!


Afternoon Workshop (1pm – 3.30pm): Register Now!

Intro to Pacific Northwest Mushrooms (Online)

Tuesday, October 17 6.30 - 8.30pm

October is typically the time of the year when we see the widest variety of mushrooms. As summer transitions to fall, rain and cool temperatures cause mushrooms to show up with increasing frequency. This class is an excellent introduction to mushroom foraging. It includes the basics of how mushrooms work, why they are critical to healthy ecosystems, where to find them, the basics of identification, and some common poisonous species.

Wildlife Photography 101

Saturday, October 21 9.00am - 1.00pm

Located in one of the top wildlife hotspots on the continent, the Vancouver region and its surroundings on the British Columbia coast are home to some spectacular species. With such an incredible abundance of wildlife, it is no surprise that the parks in the region are also popular with photo enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, who visit from near and far.

Join wildlife photographer Liron Gertsman for an in-depth wildlife photography workshop, going over tips, tricks and techniques for wildlife photography that can be applied regardless of your camera of choice, smartphones included.

Fall Garden Accents: Plants & Ideas (Online)

Wednesday, October 25 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Join us in exploring the synergy of nature as we journey through the realm of plants that bring vitality, movement, delightful sounds, and a touch of flair to fall gardens.

In this online class, Janis Matson will guide you through the art of integrating bark, fruit, foliage, and flowers into the tapestry of your garden. Learn how to orchestrate a symphony of colours, textures, and shapes that dance in harmony with the changing seasons, giving your outdoor space a sense of cozy warmth and inviting appeal.

Shorebird ID: Exploring BC & Pacific NW Species (Online)

Wednesday, November 1 - Wednesday, November 22 6.30pm - 8.30pm

4 Session Workshop

Explore the captivating world of shorebirds, an extraordinary group of birds perfectly adapted to life on the shorelines of oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Immerse yourself in their remarkable migrations, stunning plumage, and unique behaviours that make them a treasure to behold.

Unlock the secrets to identifying these elusive avian wonders as we equip you with techniques to overcome the challenges they present. From decoding their subtle differences to observing them in large groups from afar, you’ll gain the confidence to recognize and appreciate the diversity of shorebirds that grace Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest.