Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

Due to COVID-19 the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is currently closed.
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Founded in 1976, and relocated to the new Visitor Centre in 2011, the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.

  • +Join our Online Book Club!

    Join The Yosef Wosk Library & resource Centre Virtual Book Club is back! 

    Next Zoom meeting: Thursday, October 8 at 1:00 pm

    Recent scientific research is challenging many of our assumptions about how birds live and think.

    Continuing our exploration of animal themes, and in conjunction with Vancouver Bird Week (October 3-10), this month we will explore the topic of: The Lives and Intelligence of Birds.

    We recommend that you read any of the following books:

    • “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think” (2020) by Jennifer Ackerman
    • “The Genius of Birds” (2016) by Jennifer Ackerman
    • “The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds And What They Reveal About Being Human” (2014) by Noah K. Stryker

    Attendees are also welcomed to read other books or do their own internet research on the topic and bring back what they learned to share with the group.

    To register, for more information, and to get on our mailing list, contact Marina Princz at: library@vandusen.org

  • +NEW 2020 Speaker Series

    Join VBGA as we present the first of our NEW online Speaker Series! 

    Join Bardia Khaledi on Wednesday, September 30th from 6.30  7.30pm as he presents “Reconciling our Values and our Gardens (on Unceded Land)

    This will be an online event that will be accessed through the Zoom platform

    This talk will explore garden-making through the intersections of rewilding, decolonization and belonging within the southwestern British Columbia context. It will also highlight the efforts of local organizations such botanical gardens to act as cultural & scientific bridges. Several thought-provoking questions will be reflected upon to bring us closer to each other and to share a healthier appreciation of this land and its flora.


    Bardia Khaledi holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University. His thesis explored how the devaluation of indigenous knowledge in favour of natural sciences, and the erasure of indigenous place-making in preference for a Canadian identity have shaped the settlement of this land we call British Columbia. As an educator and qualitative researcher, his work focuses on how knowledge is created, what inclusive environmental education looks like, and why an indigenous understanding of this land deserves its own platform. Bardia was the Chair of the VanDusen Seed Collectors from 2009-2015; he focused on building a native plant seed catalog and promoting knowledge about growing native plants that would lend themselves best to BC’s climate.

  • +About the Library

    The library’s collection focuses on gardening in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and covers a wide range of topics including gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, native floras from around the world, vegetable and herb gardening, pruning and training, North American ethnobotany, butterfly gardening, native plant gardening, flower arrangement, plant hunters, garden history, pests and diseases, garden design, gardens to visit, horticulture in urban environments, botany and plant ecology, plant conservation, literature in the garden, garden art, organic gardening, environmental science and much more.

    The Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre’s research collection complements the living resources of VanDusen Botanical Garden. In addition to our collection, you can enjoy regular community events hosted at the library.