Pollinator Days 2023

Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2

A buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and the environments that support them.

As flowers bloom around VanDusen, bring your class to explore the special relationships between plants, pollinators, and people. Over three days in June, our facilitators will promote curiosity and stewardship through fun, hands-on activities at stations throughout the Garden.

2023 Pollinator Days is sold out!

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Vancouver Mycological Society: Spring Mycology Show & Sale

Sunday, June 4 10.00am - 3.00pm

The Vancouver Mycological Society Spring Mycology Show & Sale takes place June 4th in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Sunday June 4th: 10.00am – 3.00pm

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Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE

Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 18

Vancouver-born Fleurs de Villes brings its world-renowned floral show to VanDusen Botanical Garden for the first time ever. From June 9 to 18, experience Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE, a floral journey of discovery celebrating iconic global destinations.

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Desert Plant Society of Vancouver: Show and Sale

Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11 10.00am - 3.00pm

The Desert Plant Society of Vancouver Show and Sale takes place June 10th  from 10.00am – 4.00pm and June 11th from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

For more information call: 604-825-1447

Summer Food Truck Series

Friday, June 16 - Sunday, September 3

Join us this summer for our weekend food truck series at VanDusen!

From now until September 3, select food trucks will be on site from 10am to 5pm, Friday to Sunday. Come hungry and bring a blanket to enjoy a picnic on the lower Great Lawn, or wander through the garden and enjoy your food on the go! Cash, credit, and debit are accepted.

Regular admission or membership is required for entry.

Summer 2023: Family Programs in the Garden

Tuesday, June 20 - Sunday, August 27

Exciting Summer Family Programming in the Garden!

Calling all families! Summer is here, and we’ve prepared an amazing lineup of family-friendly programs in our beautiful garden.

🌼 Join us for a season filled with fun, laughter, and unforgettable memories. (Children must be accompanied by an adult / caregiver)

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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!


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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.