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.

Extended Thursday Hours

Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 30

Monday – Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Friday – Sunday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Gift Shop and Garden Cafe open at 10am daily until the Garden closes.

Fall Adult Education at VanDusen

Friday, September 1 - Sunday, December 31

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and nature is putting on a spectacular show – it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and deepen your connection with the natural world.

Our Fall Adult Education Nature Classes are back, and we invite you to embark on an enriching journey of discovery and learning this autumn.

Why choose our Fall Adult Education Gardening Classes?
✔️Experienced Instructors
✔️Hands-On Learning

Browse our fall course offerings here!
🍁Discounted rates available for VBGA Members.

Clementine at the Garden

Saturday, September 9 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join Clementine and friends for a family-friendly concert on the Great Lawn on Saturday, September 9 from 10am to 12pm, presented by Chorus & Clouds!

Learn more and book tickets here!

Autumn 2023: Family Programs in the Garden

Saturday, September 16 - Wednesday, September 27

Exciting Autumn Family Programming in the Garden!

Calling all families! Autumn is around the corner, and we’ve prepared an amazing lineup of family-friendly programs to kick off the season.

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

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Artists for Conservation Festival

Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24

The Artists for Conservation Festival returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden from September 21 – 24, 2023.

The festival will feature a rich program of live music, films, live art demonstrations, cultural performances and wildlife encounters.

A regular garden admission ticket or VBGA membership is required for entry to the festival.

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Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sunday, September 24 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Autumn Equinox

People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to join elders Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle and Gisele L’Hirondelle from ‘All My Relations Teachings’ to celebrate the autumn equinox and to usher in the new season.

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. Drumming and prayers are shared at this event.

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Rae Warner Speaker Series: Beatrix Potter: Beyond Peter Rabbit

Tuesday, September 26 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Beatrix Potter was a woman of many interests and ambitions. However, we often come to know only one of these, her children’s books. Renowned for her fabulous Peter Rabbit storybook illustrations at the turn of the Century, Potter was also involved in the study of fungi (mycology) and, later in life, land conservancy efforts in Britain.

For this in person series join returning lecturer Spencer W. Stuart as he explores three facets of Potter’s life.

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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!


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.