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Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society: Display & Sale

Saturday, May 7 12.00pm - 3.00pm

The Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society Annual Show & Sale takes place in the Floral Hall & Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 7th 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

Entrance: Free or by donation

For more information contact Nathalie Francis; vanvoilets@gmail.com or 604-592-9269.

Hummingbird & Songbird Banding Session ONLY (In Person)

Saturday, May 14 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Join us in VanDusen’s Bird Garden for an informative and fascinating evening observing conservation research in action in support of wild birds in and around our city.

Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) team members will be conducting hummingbird & songbird banding in the Bird Garden with the goal of learning more about the bird species using the urban oasis of the Garden as habitat, contributing to research monitoring their population levels and health. This is a great way to learn about conservation science field work, the many issues facing our wild bird populations, and ways you can get involved and take action to support local birds in your own backyard.

Exhibition: Chirigir-e Paper Art

Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, August 24

by Leanne Lai

Chirigir-e Paper Art at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery is a cross section of paintings from artist and musician Leanne Lai.

Twenty-one years ago, Leanne began learning a Japanese artform called Chigiri-e—using hand-dyed paper (washi) to make pictures—and has studied under several masters in Taiwan.

View a selection of her paintings at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery until August 24, 2022. (Open Monday – Wednesday 10am – 3pm).

Read more about Leanne here!

All British Classic Car Show

Saturday, May 21 10.00am - 4.30pm

Vancouver ABFM returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 21, 2022!

An entertaining gathering of British-built classic cars, exhibitors and vendors will be on display at the Great Lawn. Featured marque anniversary celebrations, carried forward from 2020 & 2021, are Triumph Stag’s 50th, English Ford’s 100th, and Jaguar E-Type’s 60th anniversary.

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VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show

Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, May 22

The VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show takes place May 21 & 22 in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: By Donation

For more information contact Hugh Kamisato at: hughkamiyuki@shaw.ca or 604-980-8127.

VanDusen Presents: Spring Strings

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29

Please note: The Garden will be open for General Admission throughout the weekend.

SOLD OUT

A contemporary cello concert by Low Strung.

Join us for an afternoon cello concert on the Great Lawn on May 28 & 29!

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Penjing Exhibition & Sale

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29

The Chinese Penjing Society of Canada Exhibition & Sale takes place May 28 & 29 in the Floral Hall and Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Opening Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: $5.00/Family of 5 or $2.00/Person

For more information contact: Ayton Ho at hoentltd@gmail.com or 604-818-8810.

Bloom Calendar

Fall

Wednesday, September 22 2021 - Tuesday, December 21 2021

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

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Summer

Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, September 22

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

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Winter

Wednesday, December 21 - Monday, March 20 2023

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

 

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Courses

Chigiri-e Paper Art: Flowers (In Person)

Wednesday, June 29 1.30pm - 4.00pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form using pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture. In this hands-on, creative art workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.

Botanical Drawing and Painting Summer Flowers (Online)

Wednesday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 20

Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers. Instructed by local artist, Katherine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through a variety of exercises used to study a flower’s posture and character through line, shape, structure and form, identifying critical angles and accurate proportions.

Experiment with watercolour washes, mixing colours to match the flower’s natural colours and adding dry brush texture markings.

Class: Plants for Pollinators

Saturday, July 9 10.00am - 12.00pm

July 9, 10.00am

Make your garden more attractive to pollinators!

Learn how to plan a 4-season pollinator garden that will provide food and other resources for urban insects, as well as encourage nesting sites for these species in your area.

Join instructors Sangeeta Thomas and Neil Dumont on a walk and talk through VanDusen Garden where they will discuss how to use plants to build a habitat that will support a variety of bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!

July Forest Therapy Walk (In Person)

Sunday, July 10 10.00am - 12.30pm

Discover the regenerative power of body and mind in nature with Kristine Koster, certified Forest Therapy Guide. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, forest therapy is the eco-antidote to modern-day stress. Kristine will lead you through a variety of gentle activities in the Garden, all designed to promote relaxation, wellness, and connection.

Learn how the practice of forest therapy boosts immune systems and supports healing. The walk concludes by sharing wildcrafted tea and treats in the Garden.

Wildlife-Friendly Gardening (Online)

Thursday, July 21 6.30pm 8.00pm

Gardens come in all shapes, sizes and types. No matter what kind of outdoor space you have, you can incorporate elements and practices that benefit local wildlife. Learn how to select native plants, avoid invasive species, enhance habitat, and other sustainable gardening techniques and tips.

Bumblebee ID & Walk (In Person)

Saturday, July 23 10.00am - 12.30pm

Certified Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell will cover the basics of bumblebee identification to help you get started on this fascinating adventure while exploring the Garden as a bumblebee reserve.

Bumblebees are critical pollinators for BC native plants. During this walk, you will watch bumblebees at work in the Garden and begin to understand their relationship to flowers.

Easy Ecology Walk at Bowen Island (In Person)

Sunday, August 7 10.00am - 12.00pm

With a focus on plants, explore the native biodiversity on Bowen Island on a gentle walk along shaded forest trails. Led by former VBGA Education Director Gillian Drake, we will discuss our local ecosystems and identify native ferns, trees, and more.

Tour will start at the library, 30m from the ferry dock (no car needed), and will finish in time to board the 1:15 pm ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. Consider making a day of it and visit Bowen’s many cafes, shops and galleries within walking distance of the ferry.