Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

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Library hours
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Closed weekends in July & August)

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.

  • +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.

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    New exhibit by Vancouver artist Elahe Nour Bakhsh at the Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre

     Elahe Nour bakhsh was born in Iran in 1964. Her mother was a professional painter, and growing up in an artistic atmosphere made Elahe realize early in life that painting was her true calling. She began studying it in 1996 under the supervision of Karim Nasr, one of the most famous painters in Iran. She studied painting in his class for over seven years.

    After immigrating to Vancouver in 2008, Elahe was accepted as an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) and at the Vancouver Drawing Society in 2010. Since 2011 she has also been a member of Artists in Our Midst, has attended classes at Emily Carr University and has joined the Vancouver plein air Group on weekly all-day-painting outings.

    She is an expressive and bold outdoor painter who is strongly influenced by nature.

    When painting with oil on canvas en plein air, Elahe experiences peacefulness and a contemplative vision of the landscape. She focuses on her natural surroundings and these are expressed in her work through feelings of being carried by the flow of life.

    This exhibition will brighten your winter days from January 8 to March 30, 2020.

  • +2020 Speaker Series

    How Women Created Plant-based Culture

    April 15th | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

    In this first Speaker Series presentation of 2020, Catherine Shapiro will examine women’s ancient roles as food gatherers, domesticators of food plants and creators of the first gardens. As an avid reader, researcher, artist and gardener, Catherine has amassed a wealth of knowledge and comes at her subject from a wide range of perspectives and personal experience.

    In the 1980’s Catherine began to create multimedia artistic works that expressed her increasing knowledge of plants. Her varied and growing interests led her to embark upon on a lifelong research project on the role of women in the development of horticulture. Catherine has dedicated herself to cultivating and foraging plant materials to create environmental artworks. In the past few years, she has tended and processed indigo in her own garden and at the MOP (Means of Production) Garden in East Vancouver, where she has also mentored a younger artist. Working with indigo has led her to experiment with other pigments and use them on a new series of cast paper sculptures.

  • +Book Club

    Are you a VBGA member? If so, come join our friendly group on the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. in the Visitor Centre’s Volunteer Lounge. The Book Club has been meeting since 2008.

    Discussions focus on an eclectic variety of topics related loosely to nature, gardening, botany, history, art and literature.

    For the months when a topic (rather than a single book) has been selected, members are asked to choose from among the suggested books or to find their own if no particular suggestions have been made.

    For more information and to get on our mailing list, contact Marina Princz at library@vandusen.org or at 604-257-8668.

    Download the 2020 VanDusen Book Club Reading List