SpringMonday, March 20 2023 - Wednesday, June 21 2023
In spring the Garden is bursting with cheerful rhododendrons, stunning magnolias, delicate cherry blossoms and bloom-full camellias – to mention a few…Learn More
Hand Felted SucculentsSaturday, March 9 10:00am - 1:00pm
In this introduction to wet felting workshop, you will learn how to make a soft sculptural hand-felted succulent. 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 succulent.
You will be given different shaping and finishing options. Felting tools and fibre supplies provided.
Botanical Illustration SeriesWednesday, March 13 - Wednesday, April 17 10:00am - 1:00pm
Join local artist Katharine Dickinson for an introduction to depicting and representing plants’ character, form and colour. Explore how to draw plant subjects from the garden accurately while enhancing your observation and artistic skills in this six-session series.
In this beginner Botanical Illustration series, master the essential observational drawing techniques through engaging exercises such as gesture, contour, and volume line drawing. Learn methods for measuring dimensions, understanding foreshortening, and incorporating perspective to create realistic plant drawings.
Navigating Veggie Problems for Vibrant Gardens (Online)Thursday, March 14 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Are you tired of facing setbacks in your vegetable garden? Eager to cultivate your own produce but unsure where to begin?
Join us for an enlightening session on the fundamentals of vegetable cultivation and how to overcome common challenges. This discussion is perfect for beginners and will provide essential guidance and a detailed exploration of typical issues. Elizabeth will equip you with the tools to enhance your success and the knowledge to address any hitches along the way.
Invasive Species: What They Are and How to Identify ThemSaturday, March 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
If you’ve ever wondered which invasive plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks, and how to differentiate between invasive, non-native plants and our native ones this class is for you!
In this class join us for a walk around VanDusen Garden and learn about the impact of invasive species on our environment. Gain practical knowledge on how to identify, prevent, and manage them in your own green spaces.
We all have a part to play in maintaining biodiversity in our region!
Speaker Series: Acoustic Traditions of Whales (Online)Thursday, March 21 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Presenter: Janie Wray, CEO and lead researcher for BC Whales, has studied the acoustic traditions and culture of whale behaviour for the last 24 years
This presentation will examine the acoustic traditions and culture of Orca, Humpback and Fin Whales along the coast of British Columbia. It will include a discussion on the importance of sound, a quiet ocean for whales, and the different technologies being used to record and better understand the habitat, use, and communication of whales.
Introduction to Native Plants and Meadowscaping (Online)Thursday, March 28 - Thursday, April 4 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an exciting two-part series on native plants and their benefits, led by Abigail Hyde from Satinflower Nurseries.
In the first session, explore the difference between native and invasive plants, understanding the crucial role of preserving native species. Abby will cover common plant families and identification tips and showcase local Vancouver Island species as ecocultural case studies, highlighting their resilience against seasonal changes.
The second session focuses on transforming properties, large or small, into native meadows, providing habitats for urban wildlife. Abby will guide you through grass removal, seeding and planting strategies, timing, expectations, and maintenance tips, equipping you with the tools to start your own meadow in areas like lawns, boulevards, and community gardens.
Ivy Basket WeavingSaturday, March 30 10.00am - 12.00pm
Discover the art of crafting baskets and trivets from invasive English ivy. In this hands-on experience, you will learn all the steps of collecting, preparing and weaving ivy.
Enjoy refreshments while you connect with fellow participants. You’ll leave with your very own completed ivy creation. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided.