Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society: Show & Sale

Saturday, May 6 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 6th 12.00pm – 3.00pm.

Entrance: Free or by donation

For more information contact Garth McFadden; or 604-512-3000.

Vancouver Bird Celebration

Saturday, May 13 - Wednesday, May 31

May is Bird Celebration Month!

From bird nerd to bird curious, there is an event for everyone during Greater Vancouver Bird Celebration.

Check out the events at VanDusen Botanical Garden!

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VBGA Plant Sale

Saturday, May 13 10.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday May 13, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Park (Plaza beside Bloedel Conservatory)

Plant Sale Catalogue available now! Download here!

The Sale will feature Food Plants for People and for Pollinators, addressing critical issues for our local ecologies including biodiversity and the climate emergency, the decline of native and other pollinators, and impacts to our food supplies.

From over 500 diverse plant varieties you will find temperate trees, shrubs and vines, native plants, fruit trees and shrubs, mushrooms, vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, and also carnivorous and tropical plants, and orchids.

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Vancouver All British Field Meet

Saturday, May 20 10.00am - 4.30pm

Vancouver ABFM returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 20th, 2023!

The 2023 featured marque anniversary celebrations pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of MG–MGB/Cs, MGTs, MGAs, Modern MGs–along with Aston Martins (110th anniversary), Healeys, Bentleys Jaguars, Land Rovers, Lotus, Minis, Morgans, Modified vehicles, British motorcycles and exceptional pre-war vehicles (including a 1930 Vauxhall Hurlingham). A unique display will include electrification—classic cars that combine their looks with modern driveability.

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VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show

Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21

The VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show takes place May 20 & 21 in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Entrance: By Donation

For more information contact Hugh Kamisato at: or 604-980-8127.


Tuesday, May 23 7.00pm

Notice of AGM
VBGA Annual General Meeting
(In-person ONLY)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 7:00pm in the BMO Hall

To participate RSVP is required by Members holding a current VBGA membership.

To RSVP email by May 15th

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VanDusen Presents: Spring Strings

Saturday, May 27 - Saturday, May 27 4.30pm


VanDusen Presents: Spring Strings

Join us for an afternoon cello concert on the Great Lawn on Saturday, May 27. Low Strung, the classically-trained cello group from Yale University, returns to perform modern hits with a classical twist.


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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Botanical Illustration: Evergreens (Online)

Wednesday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 13

Join local artist Katharine Dickinson for an introduction to depicting and representing plants’ character, form and colour accurately. Explore drawing plants’ aesthetic and botanical aspects while enhancing your observation and artistic skills in this three-session series.

Learn essential techniques through engaging exercises like gesture and contour line drawing, practice foreshortening and perspective and add tones to show the object. Experiment with watercolour washes and master the art of mixing colours to match the natural shades of specimens. Capture their beauty with delicate dry brush texture markings.

Watercolour: Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 7 10.00am - 1.00pm

Be inspired by winter garden features such as amaryllis, snowberries, poinsettia, holly, and more as we create miniature works of art as greeting cards.

Instructor Susan Pearson will demonstrate various techniques such as creating patterns, quick and simple impressions, wet on dry and wet into wet, and finely detailed realism. Some painting experience is recommended.

The Home Gardening Series (Online)

Tuesday, January 16 2024 - Tuesday, March 19 2024

Presented by VBGA & Vancouver Master Gardeners

January 16th to March 19th (Tuesdays or Saturdays)

⭐ This wide-ranging 8-session series is the ultimate opportunity to expand your home gardening knowledge through lectures from some of Southern BC’s most highly regarded gardening experts, covering an array of relevant topics for beginner and seasoned gardeners alike.

The Home Gardening Series will cover essential gardening principles, spanning a diverse range of topics, providing a flexible and impactful partial offering of the Master Gardener training course suitable for beginner and seasoned gardeners alike.

Participants in the Home Gardening Series will have a unique opportunity to attend select Master Gardener Basic Training lectures on gardening fundamentals.

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Speaker Series: The Overlooked Medicine Cabinet - Medicinal Plants in Horticulture (Online)

Tuesday, January 23 2024 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Topic: The Overlooked Medicine Cabinet – Medicinal Plants in Horticulture (Online)

Presenter: Christiaan Spangenberg

Medicinal plants are everywhere in our lives, but we don’t often realize it: dandelions grow by the roadside, we drink peppermint tea in cafés, and buy bouquets with safflower and sweet Annie. Ornamental horticulture is similar: a wide variety of medicinal plants can be found as aesthetic specimens in gardens and nurseries, but their traditional medical uses and curative properties are unadvertised, and often unknown.

Getting a Head Start on Veggie Garden Planning

Friday, January 26 2024 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Get a head start on the 2024 growing season with Jenna Jaski, Co-owner of Victory Gardens. Participants will learn how to plan their garden in terms of deciding what crops to grow, when to plant by seed or start, and how to maximize their space. We will also discuss crop rotation and garden mapping, with the goal of increasing your crop yields and growing success next season. Bring your questions, as there may be time for Q & A at the end of the session!

Winter Plant ID: Ornamental Shrubs & Trees

Saturday, January 27 2024 10.00am - 12.00pm

When seasons change and plants lose their leaves, it may seem like a dull and sleepy time of year— but there is much to observe and get excited about the outdoors! In fact, there are some plant traits that you can only clearly observe in winter.

Wintertime is a great time to build your plant identification skills and hone your observational abilities. In this session, we will begin with an indoor lecture where you will learn the basics of winter plant identification, including key traits and terms. The second part of the class will be an outdoor walk around the garden, where we will stop and observe the interesting features of various Ornamental Shrubs and trees.