Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

The Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre has re-opened!

Please read the following information before planning your library visit. 

We look forward to welcoming you back.

  • +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.

    Opening hours beginning October 5th:

    Monday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Thursday – Sunday CLOSED

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

  • +Online Speaker Series

    Samantha Sivertz presents: “Lightning Strikes VanDusen”

    Monday, November 30, 2020 6:30-7:30 pm (Zoom)

    In June 2020, three trees in the giant sequoia grove at VanDusen Botanical Garden were struck by lightning, leaving the ground littered with broken branches, wood fragments and shredded bark. The trees will likely survive but will carry lightning scars for the rest of their long lives.

    How did these sequoias withstand the shock of over 100 million volts? In this presentation Plant Documentation Technician Samantha Sivertz will explore what happens when a tree is struck by lightning, tell stories of past lightning strikes at VanDusen, and discuss how botanical gardens deal with this destructive weather phenomenon.


    Samantha Sivertz has been Plant Documentation Technician at VanDusen Botanical Gardens since 2009. They have supported the VanDusen volunteer Guides through educational walks, talks and written materials, taught classes on plant identification and poisonous plants for the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, and have also presented talks to outside organisations including local garden clubs, the Vancouver Tea Festival, and MOSAIC. Samantha holds an honours degree in Evolutionary Biology from UBC, and they helped prepare the UBC herbarium and fossil collections for the opening of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

    Upcoming Speaker Series

    Date Presenter Topic
    Jan 26 2021:
    6.30pm – 7.30pm
    John Clague A Remarkable Ice Age Megaflood in Southwestern BC
    Feb 25 2021:
    6:30pm -7.30pm
    Debbie Hlady VanDusen’s Fascinating Birdlife
  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions: Returning December 2020!

    Coming Soon: 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.

    This exhibition will run Dec 7/2020 to Dec. 3/2021. All art works are for sale.

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    2021 Reading List Available Now! 

    Next Book Club meeting (online): January 28th 2021 1pm

    Download the new 2021 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    January 28 1:00pm Nature Poetry
    March 25 1:00pm Bees in Science, in our Psyche and in Literature
    May 27 1:00pm Underland: A Deep Time Journey
    July 22 1:00pm Vita
    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

    Preschool Storytime is cancelled due to Covid-19. Watch this space for updates.

    Preschool storytelling is for children ages 3 – 5. Siblings welcome if quiet and engaged.