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

    Gardening in the Elizabethan Era (Online)

    Time: January 24, 2022: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Presenter: Spencer W. Stuart

    In this talk, Spencer W. Stuart will discuss one of the first books published in English on gardening, Thomas Hill’s ‘A Most Briefe and Pleasaunte Treatise, Teaching How to Dresse, Sowe, and Set a Garden’ (1563).

    A product of Elizabethan Period, Hill’s book offered a compendium of tools as well as techniques from beekeeping to making flower beds. Evidence of its popularity can be seen in the many reprints throughout the 16th Century under the title of ‘The Profitable Arte of Gardening’.

    Hill went on to publish yet another successful book on gardening in 1577, The Gardener’s Labyrinth. Although little is known about Hill, his efforts inspired a genre of ‘how to’ garden literature throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries, which would have an impact on the early history of the English Garden tradition that endures to this day.

    Register now!

    Speaker Bio:

    Spencer W. Stuart holds a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England (recipient of the Director’s Award). Upon graduation, he took a position with Bonhams Auctioneers where he worked closely with the North American Rare Books and Manuscripts Department in Toronto and New York.

    Spencer now provides advisory services to private collectors as well as institutions aiding in the design and execution of collection development, management and deaccession strategies.

    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 and Amphora as well as with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Register now!


  • +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): February 4th 2022, 1:00pm

    Download the 2022 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    February 4, 2022 1:00pm Book: Vesper Flights (2020) by Helen MacDonald
    April 28, 2022 1:00pm Topic: Cherry Blossoms and Cherry Trees

    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

    Join us on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 10:00 am – 10:45 am for; ‘The Warmth and Wonder of Winter Foods!’

    In this month’s FREE program we will sing songs, listen to stories and complete an art project relating to our theme. January’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 due to Covid-19 precautions. To reserve your spot, please contact Marina Princz at library@vandusen.org with how many children, their ages, and how many adults will be attending in your group.

    We require all VBGA in-person education program participants to provide proof of vaccination. Children under 12 years old are exempt from this policy. 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. Masks are mandatory for all persons age 5+ when indoors.