Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

Please read the following information before planning your library visit. 

  • +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

    Proof of vaccination (ages 12+)

    Proof of vaccination is required to enter the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Guests 12 years and above must wear a mask when entering the library.

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

  • +Online Speaker Series

    Nurturing Regenerative Culture in the coFood Collaborative Garden (Online)

    Time: November 22, 2021: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Presenter: Jenny van Enckevort

    Patterns in nature have a lot to teach us about nurturing regenerative culture in a world of exploitation. Learn how our urban community weaves together ancient and modern wisdom to reimagine thriving and interdependent ecological and social systems, alongside today’s dysfunctional paradigms. Working together on the rightful lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, Living Systems Network seeds radical systems change by sharing tools for regenerative culture—through the flagship coFood Collaborative Garden project.

    Speaker Bio:

    Jenny van Enckevort is an intuitive storyteller and wayfinder, with a passion for sharing plant wisdom. She is an avid gardener, collaborator and status-quo disruptor with Living Systems Network and the coFood Collaborative Garden. As an entrepreneur, she supports social impact and Earth care projects through Earth to Jenny Communications, and coaches people in their storytelling practices.




  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Celebrating VanDusen in painting: Vancouver en Plein Air Painting Group

    In this garden we find a worldliness, an enchantment, a repetition of colours, a variety of textures, a myriad of forms to paint, and we do so in unique peacefulness.”

    This exhibition of the works of 8 painters reflects different visions and expressions of “place.” VanDusen Botanical Garden is a place that has moved each one of the members of the Vancouver en Plein Air Group in different ways.

    The theme of this years exhibition is: “Seasons in the Garden”.

    You will see images in watercolour, acrylic and oil medium inspired by such places as: Autumn Stroll, Black Garden, Rose Garden, Heron Lake, and rhododendron areas, as well as other views.

    The Vancouver en Plein Air group was formed in 2011 when they first gathered in Stanley Park to paint on April 18th of that year.

    Their love of outdoor painting, the joy of companionship, and the exchange of ideas has kept them coming together every week despite the often inclement weather. VanDusen Botanical Garden is one of their favorite spots to paint during all seasons.

    The painters’ different artistic backgrounds and life journeys are compiled in an album with small biographies, images and contact information. This album is available for viewing in the library.

    All art works are for sale.

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    Next Book Club meeting (online): July 22th 2021, 1:00pm

    Download the 2021 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    September 23 1:00pm Rewilding
    November 25 1:00pm Personal Journeys in Nature

    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.

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

  • +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.

  • +Preschool Storytime

    In-person Preschool Storytime Returns to the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre!

    Join us on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:00 am – 10:45 am for Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!

    In this month’s free program we will sing songs, listen to stories and do an art project relating to our theme. This month’s event will be held outdoors in a covered area just outside the library. Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather.

    Ages: 3-5 year olds. Siblings are welcome if quiet and engaged.

    Registration is limited. Please contact Marina Princz at library@vandusen.org with how many children, their ages, and how many adults will be attending in your group.

    Looking forward to welcoming you back!

    We require all VBGA in-person education program participants to be fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt from this policy. You may be asked to provide the BC Vaccine Card for entrance into the program. Participants 12 years old and older must wear masks when entering the Visitor Centre.

  • +Covid-19 Adaptations

    We require all VBGA in-person education program participants to be fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt from this policy. You may be asked to provide the BC Vaccine Card for entrance into the program. Participants 12 years old and older must wear masks when entering the Visitor Centre.