Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

We are open Monday – Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm.

  • +Opening Hours

    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.

    Library Open hours:

    Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Thursday – Sunday Closed

    If you would like to connect with us before your visit please contact: library@vandusen.org

  • +Online Speaker Series

    September Speaker Series

    September 27, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    Register now!

    Speaker Series returns after summer break with “A Modern Landscape Architecture Roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest with Spencer Stuart.”

    Crossing the border and beginning in Portland, Spencer W. Stuart will deliver a roadmap to urban parks designed after WWII that have redefined the practice of landscape architecture in North America. From this presentation, attendees will be inspired to hit the road, equipped with the locations of these sites, their historical context as well as the biography of the practitioners that imagined them.

    Sites discussed  include:

    • The Open Sequence by Lawrence Halprin (Portland, ORE)
    • Gasworks Park by Richard Haag (Seattle, WA)
    • Bloedel Reserve featuring Richard Haag, Thomas Church, Koichi Kawana, Fujitaro Kubota, and Iain Robertson (Bainbridge Island, WA)

    Speaker Bio: 
    Spencer is an experienced Collections Advisor working with new, expanding, mature and de-accessioning collectors throughout the world. He holds a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England (recipient of the Director’s Award).

    In concert with his advising, Spencer is an active writer and lecturer on histories of the printed word for a variety of publications including The Book Collector, Manuscripts and Amphora as well as with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Register now!

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Garden of Earthly Delights by Vancouver’s En Plein Air Group

    Running until December 16, 2022.

    Open every Monday – Wednesday.  (Opening hours 10.00am – 3.00pm)

    For over a decade, Vancouver’s en plein air group have painted together outdoors in the city’s most beautiful locations from Iona Beach, to Stanley Park, to the Cleveland Dam. Their favourite spot from which to glean inspiration is VanDusen Botanical Garden, beloved for its worldliness, enchantment, colours, textures and forms.

    From September 15th to December 16th 2022, their new exhibition Garden of Earthly Delights, which features paintings of different areas and seasons at VanDusen, will be on display in the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre. Come and view these gorgeous works in oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media from artists Susanne Kestner; Elahe Nour Bakhsh; Susan Morson; Riitta Peirone; Toni Ludski; Graham Good; Elizabeth Austin; and Margaret Lawther.

    See these artworks at Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library (in the VanDusen Visitor Centre) 10.00am -3.00pm Monday – Wednesday until December 16.

    Admission: Free

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    Next Book Club meeting (online): November 24th 2022, 1:00pm

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

    We all speak about the weather and it is very front-and-centre in BC these days, so let us do some reading about it. VanDusen Library has several books on the topic that range from the literary, to the artistic, to the more scientific. Here is a listing of what is available at Yosef Wosk Library at VanDusen, or check out your local library system for more.

    • Rain: Four Walks in English Weather (2017) by Melissa Harrison
    • Rain : A Natural and Cultural History (2015) by Cynthia Barnett
    • The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty (1994) with text and photographs by Lauren Springer
    • The Weather of the Pacific Northwest (2008) by Cliff Mass
    • The Weather-Resilient Garden: A Defensive Approach to Planning and Landscaping (2004) by
      Charles W. G. Smith
    • Weather: A Visual Guide (2004) by Bruce Buckley, Edward J. Hopkins and Richard Whitaker
    • Weather of British Columbia (2009) by Robin W. Pigott and Bill Hume
    • Weatherland : Writers & Artists Under English Skies (2019) by Alexandra Harris


    Date Time Topic
    November 24, 2022 1:00pm Weather

    Meetings will continue on Zoom until it is safe to meet in person.

    To prepare for Book Club meetings, check out the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, your local library systems or bookstores for books, ebooks and audiobooks. You are also welcome to conduct your own research online.

    We often purposefully choose general topics to allow members find material that interests them and so that there is less demand on a limited number of copies of one specific book.

  • +Preschool Storytime

    3 to 5 year olds and their families are invited to join us on September 28th at 10.00 am for ‘Changing Colours, Falling Leaves.

    Join us to celebrate the changing of the leaves and the move towards autumn!

    This is an easy-going, early learning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. It provides our littlest Garden visitors the opportunity to gather together in the Library and Courtyard to engage with nature-themed children’s books, and to explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

    For more information and to register: click here.

    Register for our October 26 Preschool Storytime here!

    Additional Offering: Check out our October Preschool Wonder Walk here!


  • +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.

  • +Covid-19 Adaptations

    Masks are no longer mandatory in all indoor public spaces in alignment with updates to the public health orders issued by the Provincial government. You are welcome to keep wearing masks, depending on your level of comfort.