Rentals I Filming I Photography

VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory offer a range of stunning facilities for your next memorable event. We have a number of beautiful indoor and outdoor locations to choose from. Please review the information below to gain a better understanding of what is involved in renting our facilities for your event.

 

VanDusen Botanical Garden Rentals

Make your event memorable by renting one of our beautiful indoor or outdoor spaces. Ample free parking, wheelchair accessibility, and direct access to this unique garden setting make this an ideal location. Please reach out to vandusenrentals@vancouver.ca or bloedelrentals@vancouver.ca to inquire about availability.

  • +Visitor Centre - Indoor

    The architecturally stunning and award-winning Visitor Centre – one of the world’s most environmentally advanced buildings – offers picturesque views of Livingstone Lake and Woodland Garden.

    The Visitor Centre includes the BMO Great Hall and Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A and B. These rooms can be rented as one large space or separated into various combinations depending on the needs and size of your event.

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change. Proof of non-profit status is required.

    See brochure for details.

    BMO Great Hall

    Capacity:

    • 60 seated
    • 80 lecture style
    • 40 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $1,060 $740
    5pm to midnight $1,305 $915
    8am to midnight $2,130 $1,490

    Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A and B (2 rooms combined)

    Capacity:

    • 60 seated
    • 80 lecture style
    • 40 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $1,060 $740
    5pm to midnight $1,305 $915
    8am to midnight $2,130 $1,490

    Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall B (1 separate room)

    Capacity:

    • 30 seated
    • 40 lecture style
    • 20 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $530 $370
    5pm to midnight $775 $545
    8am to midnight $1,175 $825

    BMO Great Hall and Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A (2 rooms combined)

    Capacity:

    • 90 seated
    • 120 lecture style
    • 60 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $1,590 $1,115
    5pm to midnight $1,835 $1,285
    8am to midnight $3,085 $2,160

    BMO Great Hall and Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A and B (3 rooms combined)

    Capacity:

    • 120 seated
    • 180 lecture style
    • 75 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $2,120 $1,485
    5pm to midnight $2,365 $1,655
    8am to midnight $4,035 $2,825

    On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) only from April to October, if you would like to rent the Visitor Centre Halls, you must book all three rooms combined (BMO Great Hall, Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A and B).

    1. Great Lawn Aisle Decor (Raymond & Jessie Leung Photography)   
    2. Great Lawn Ceremony Set up (Raymons Décor)   
    3. Great Lawn Ceremony Decor (Raymons Décor)   
    4. Great Lawn Panorama in May   
    5. Great Lawn Ceremony Tent Exterior   
    6. Great Lawn Reception Tent   
    7. Heron Lake End of Aisle Close up   
    8. Heron Lake_Ceremony Set Up in July   
    9. Heron Lake panorama in July   
    10. Heron Lake in July   
    11. Signing Table under the willow tree at Heron Lake   
    12. Heron Lake Tent set up between the willow tree and the maples   
    13. Meadow Pond Panorama (May)   
    14. Meadow Pond Delphiniums in bloom (June)   
    15. Pathway through the Delphiniums leading to Meadow Pond (June)   
    16. Flowers near Meadow Pond (July)   
    17. Meadow Pond Archway (August)   
    18. Meadow Pond garden area (August)   
    19. Meadow Pond panorama (August)   
  • +Floral Hall and Cedar Room - Indoor

    The Floral Hall is a charming, post-modern style room, and is located in one of the original buildings on site. The Cedar Room is a smaller classroom sized space, and is situated across the hall from the Floral Hall.

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change. Proof of non-profit status is required for the non-profit rate.

    Floral Hall

    Capacity:

    • 120 seated
    • 135 lecture style
    • 70 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $955 $670
    5pm to midnight $1,205 $845
    8am to midnight $1,945 $1,360

    Cedar Room

    Capacity:

    • 20 seated
    • 50 lecture style
    • 20 workshop
    Time of rental Standard rate Non-profit rate
    8am to 4pm $310 $215
    5pm to midnight $555 $390
    8am to midnight $780 $545
    1. Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A & B Reception Set up (Truffles Fine Foods, Debut Event Design, & Chair Décor)   
    2. Visitor Centre Halls Reception Set up (Truffles Fine Foods & Connections Event Planning and Designs)   
    3. Visitor Centre Halls Reception Set up Table Decor (Truffles Fine Foods & Connections Event Planning and Designs)   
    4. Visitor Centre Halls Gala   
    5. Visitor Centre Halls Seminar Set up   
    6. Visitor Centre Halls   
    7. Visitor Centre Halls Full Lecture Set up   
    8. Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall B Birthday Luncheon Set up (Truffles Fine Foods)   
    9. Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A & B Ceremony Seating   
  • +The Great Lawn - Outdoor

    The Great Lawn is a beautiful wedding venue in the heart of the garden. There are various ceremony background options at this lush site and it is sure to delight any nature lover.

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change.

    Event type Rate
    Wedding ceremony $2,350

    The Great Lawn wedding ceremony rental details

    • 120 person capacity included in the rental package
    • 200 person maximum capacity. $6.75 for each guest above 120
    • 4 hour rental, liaison, and security time included (additional hours may be added)
    • It is the responsibility of the renter to arrange tent, chairs, and décor within the rental time frame
    • No food or beverages permitted
    • Private gate entry for guests through Gate 2, separate Gate 3 entry for vendors and bridal party
    • Multiple power outlets available

    Additional costs

    Service Rate
    Gate security (if event over 4 hours) $40 + GST per hour
    Event liaison (if event over 4 hours) $50 + GST per hour
    Additional admissions over 120 people $6.75 + GST per person
    Entandem fee Rate to be determined (required if music is played)
  • +Heron Lake - Outdoor

    Heron Lake offers a lovely mix of garden and lake views. Our large willow tree overlooking the Lake makes this the perfect backdrop for a stunning wedding ceremony.

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change.

    Event type Rate
    Wedding ceremony $2,350

    Heron Lake wedding ceremony rental details

    • 120 person capacity included in rental package
    • 4 hour rental, liaison, and security time included (additional hours may be added)
    • It is the responsibility of the renter to arrange chairs, tenting, and décor within the rental time frame
    • One power outlet available
    • No food or beverages permitted
    • Guest entry through Visitor Centre, separate Gate 6 entry for vendors and bridal party
    • Maximum tent size 20 feet by 30 feet

    Additional costs

    Service Rate
    Gate security (if event over 4 hours) $40 + GST per hour
    Event liaison (if event over 4 hours) $50 + GST per hour
    Entandem fee Rate to be determined (required if music is played)
  • +Meadow Pond - Outdoor

    Meadow Pond is a beautiful stand up ceremony wedding location and is the perfect spot for small intimate wedding ceremonies or elopements.

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change.

    Event type Rate
    Wedding ceremony $825

    Meadow Pond wedding ceremony rental details

    • Capacity is 30 people
    • 2 hour rental and liaison time included
    • Time slots:
      • 11am to 1pm
      • 1pm to 3pm
      • 3pm to 5pm
    • No food or beverages permitted
    • This is a stand up ceremony area only; no tenting, chairs, or décor are permitted
    • One small signing table and a few chairs for guests who require them are permitted
    • No power outlets available
    • Private Gate 4 entry for guests
  • +Garden Access and Indoor/Outdoor Booking Combo

    Garden access

    If you are booking an indoor only event and wish to have garden access for your guests, a discounted admission package is available. You are welcome to take wedding photos in the garden, with the addition of the admission package.

    The discounted admission packages cover all of your guest’s garden entry on the day of your event (during garden hours).

    A guest list is required for all events.

    Visitor Centre Halls (BMO Great Hall or Woodland Hall A and B) – entry available through rental hall doors.

    Floral Hall and Cedar Room – entry through the Visitor Centre.

    Refer to the rental brochure  (2.7 MB) for garden admission packages available for each room rental.

    Indoor and outdoor booking combination

    For all outdoor ceremony events that wish to add an indoor hall option for their reception, we offer special discounted rates. For Heron Lake or Great Lawn events, we offer 40% off of the indoor hall rental portion when booking for a full day.

    This is a great option to ensure you have rain back-up during your ceremony, and ample time for reception set-up as well. For Heron Lake or Great Lawn events that book an indoor hall for a partial day booking (8am to 4pm, or 5pm to midnight only), we offer a 25% discount on the hall fee.

    For Meadow Pond events we offer a 10% discount on the hall rental.

    On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) only from April to October, if you would like to rent the Visitor Centre Halls, you must book all three rooms combined (BMO Great Hall, Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall A and B).

VanDusen Botanical Garden Filming + Photography

VanDusen Botanical Garden provides a diverse backdrop for filming and photography.

Visitors are more than welcome to take photos in the garden. The rates below apply to group, wedding, portrait, and commercial photography and filming.

  • +Group, wedding, and portrait photography

    Rates are subject to 5% GST.

    Size of group Rate
    Up to 4 people $108
    5 to 8 people $208
    9 to 15 people $293

    For groups with more than 15 people, each additional person receives a 10% discount from the general admission price. Your photographer and videographer receives complimentary garden admission.

    The garden is an exceptional setting for wedding and portrait photographs. This package includes photos for weddings, proposals, engagements, graduation, maternity shoots, portraits or staged photos, and is permitted during garden hours. 

    Reservations are not required. Have one person pay for the entire group at the Admission desk when everyone is ready to enter the garden. Kindly note that the garden will be cleared out at the time of closing. The last entry is 30 minutes before closing. If you have any questions about these packages, contact the VanDusen admission desk at 604-257-8463. 

    Important note : The photography fee does not include a wedding ceremony with an officiant in the garden. Should you wish to host a wedding ceremony or reception at the Garden, contact vandusenrentals@vancouver.ca. 

    Conditions of use

    1. Respect everyone’s personal space during your visit.
    2. Do not block pathways or take photos in an area that would limit other visitors and staff from passing by.
    3. All tri-pods must be on grass areas or off pathways. Do not place tri-pods in garden beds.
    4. Do not stand or walk through the garden beds.
    5. Drone photography or videography is not permitted.
    6. Props, furniture, (chairs, arbours, tables, sound system, and so on) and pets are not permitted.
    7. The photography fee is non-refundable.
    8. Props are not permitted.
  • +Commercial Filming

    Rates are subject to 5% GST. 

    Days Rate Additional fees
    Monday to Friday only (special allowances may be made for weekends) $4,535
    • Liaison: $50 per hour

    Important information

    • Areas where filming is not permitted:
      • Meditation Garden in the Sino-Himalayan area
      • Inside garden beds
    • Areas with special filming restrictions (inquire for more details):
      • Visitor Centre and Floral Hall Buildings
      • Stone Garden/Former reservoir under the in the Sino-Himalayan area
      • Stand of Douglas firs on the south side of Heron Lake west of the Heather Garden

    How to Book

    1. Book an appointment in advance to view VanDusen Botanical Garden during operating hours, free of charge. Book an appointment by calling 604-257-8661 or emailing vandusenrentals@vancouver.ca. 
    1. Complete an application form  
    • Attach a $1,000 reservation fee cheque and a $5,000 damage deposit cheque payable to: City of Vancouver – VanDusen Botanical Garden, GST# R121 361 042 
    • Include a copy of insurance and provide it to Jennifer Cooper at VanDusen Botanical Garden 

    A permit is required and will be issued to you once your booking is approved. Allow 3 to 5 business days to process an application. 

     Liaison supervision required during duration of shoot.

    Reservation fee and damage deposit

    The reservation fee cheque will be applied toward the booking. The deposit cheque will not be cashed and will be returned to you upon payment of your invoice following completion of filming, should there be no damage to the garden. The rental fee is required per calendar day or portion thereof and is applicable to all prep, filming, and wrap days for the garden. .

    See Conditions of Use  

  • +Commercial photography

    Rates subject to 5% GST.

    Level Details Rate
    1
    • No props, no light stands, or tripods, hand-held equipment only
    • Maximum three people including the photographer
    • Maximum shoot time: 4 hours (between 7am-11pm)
    • $800
    • $50 per hour liaison fees for duration of shoot
    2
    • Allows props, lighting stands and equipment, tripods
    • Allows more than three people including the photographer
    • Maximum shoot time: 16 hours (7am-11pm)
    • $1,170
    • $50 per hour liaison fees for duration of sh

    Additional fees: 

    • Additional fees may apply should a specific area of the garden need to be blocked off for the shoot, or depending on complexities of the request 
    • Higher staffing fees will apply if shooting on weekend or Statutory holidays 
    • Special permission or additional fees required to shoot in the following areas: 
    • Hedge Maze 
    • Laburnum Walk during bloom season (Late April through May) 
    • The stand of old-growth Douglas firs on the south west side of Heron Lake 

    Photography is not permitted in the following areas: 

    • Meditation Garden in the Sino-Himalayan area 
    • Inside planted beds 

    How To Book 

    1. Complete an application form  
    • Attach a $1,000 deposit cheque payable to: City of Vancouver – VanDusen Botanical Garden, GST # R121 361 042 
    • Include a copy of insurance 
    1. Email above documents to vandusenrentals@vancouver.ca 

    A permit is required and will be issued to you once your booking is approved. 

    To arrange a time to scout, email vandusenrentals@vancouver.ca to book an appointment. 

    Liaison supervision required during duration of shoot. 

    Damage deposit and cancellation fee 

    The damage deposit cheque will not be cashed and will be returned to you upon payment of your invoice following completion of your shoot. 

    There is a $1,000 cancellation fee plus any scheduled supervisory charges if filming is cancelled for any reason without 2 days advance notice. 

    See Conditions of Use  

Bloedel Conservatory Rentals

The Bloedel Conservatory is a lush domed paradise, located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop Vancouver’s highest point. This picturesque venue offers a stunning backdrop for any occasion with over 500 tropical plants, exotic birds, and koi fish that thrive in our climate-controlled environment that feels like summer all year round.

Weddings, photo shoots, proposals, and other events can be held in the morning before the Conservatory opens or in the evening after the Conservatory has closed to the general public.

While personal photos are encouraged during your visit, staged photo shoots and elopements are not permitted during business hours. Whether you are with a friend or a professional photographer, this includes engagement, wedding, graduation, portrait, and group photography.

  • +Wedding, events and group photography

    All rates subject to GST. Rates are subject to change.

    Rentals are not available in November and December 2024.

    2024 season Booking times Price
    January and February 7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    4:15pm to 6:15pm
    • $965
    • Entandem fee if music is played
    March and April

     

    7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    6:15pm to 8:15pm
    • $965
    • Entandem fee if music is played
    May to Labour Day (September 2) 7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    7:15pm to 9:15pm
    • $965
    • Entandem fee is music is played
    September 3 to October 31 7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    5:15pm to 7:15pm
    • $965
    • Entandem fee if music is played

    Evening bookings can be extended up to 10pm for an additional fee of $275 per hour plus GST. Morning bookings are a maximum of 2 hours. Contact us directly to inquire about commercial events.

    Package includes

    • Two hours of exclusive use of the Conservatory outside of regular operating hours.
    • A facility liaison for 2 hours.
    • Admission for up to 50 people (includes vendors staying on site during event).
    • A signing table and 1 white folding chair, and access to power and facility sound system are available upon request

    Separate rates apply for commercial special events (such as concerts, live streaming, public events), commercial photography, and filming. The Conservatory can accommodate special events up to a maximum of 150 people.

    Contact us directly for pricing related to special events.

    See Additional Rental Details

  • +Commercial Filming

    Rates subject to 5% GST. 

    Days  Filming rate (subject to 5% GST)  Additional fees (subject to 5% GST) 
    Monday to Friday only  $10,920 
    • Liaison: $50 per hour 
    • After-hours liaison: $164 per hour (after hours is before 8am and after 4pm) 

     Contact us directly for pricing related to filming only the exterior of the Conservatory. 

    Location scouts may book an appointment in advance to view the Bloedel Conservatory any time during operating hours free of charge. Book an appointment by calling Maria Di Antonio at 604-654-0780 or emailing bloedelrentals@vancouver.ca. 

    Complete an application form   along with a map of the Conservatory indicating the requested locations. 

    1. A rental agreement is required and will be issued to you once your booking is approved. Allow 3 to 5 business days to process an application. 
    2. At the time of booking, provide payment for a $1,000 plus GST non-refundable reservation fee, which will be applied toward the booking along with a $5,000 damage deposit cheque payable to: City of Vancouver – Bloedel Conservatory, GST # R121 361 042. 
    3. The rental fee is required per calendar day or portion thereof and is applicable to all prep, filming, and wrap days for the Conservatory. 
    4. Include a copy of insurance. 
    5. The damage deposit cheque will not be cashed and will be returned to you following completion of your shoot, should the facility be left the way it was found. 
    6. Liaison supervision is required for the duration of the shoot. 

    Bookings that provide less than 2-weeks notice are charged an additional last minute booking fee of $150 plus GST. These amounts are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.  A cancellation fee of $1,000 plus any scheduled supervisory charges are applied if the photo shoot is cancelled for any reason without 2 days advance notice. 

  • +Commercial Photography

    Rates subject to 5% GST. 

    Month  Price (subject to 5% GST) 
    January, February, and October 

    7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    4:15pm to 6:15pm 

    • Level 1: $975 
    • Level 2: $1,315 
    March and April 

    7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    6:15pm to 8:15pm 

    • Level 1: $975 
    • Level 2: $1,315 
    May to Labour Day (September 2) 

    7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    7:15pm to 9:15pm 

    • Level 1: $975 
    • Level 2: $1,315 
    September 3 to October 31 

    7:45am to 9:45am
    or
    5:15pm to 7:15pm 

    • Level 1: $975 
    • Level 2: $1,315 
    January to October 

    8am to 4pm
    Monday to Friday 

    • Level 3: $5,460 

    Evening shoots may be extended by the hour up to 10pm. Each additional hour is $275 plus GST. Liaison supervision is required for the duration of the shoot. 

    For complex shoots, garden superintendent time may be required at $164 per hour plus GST. 

    Level 1  Level 2  Level 3 (Buyout) 
    • No props, no light stands, or tripods, hand-held equipment only 
    • Maximum 20 people including the photographer 
    • Allows props, lighting stands and equipment, tripods 
    • 2 hours 
    • Allows props, lighting stands, and equipment, tripods 
    • Allows more than 20 people including the photographer 
    • 2 hours 
    • Closure of the facility to the public – approval required by senior management prior to confirming such a booking 
    • Allows props, lighting stands and equipment, tripods  
    • Allows more than 20 people including the photographer 
    • 8 hours (Monday to Friday) 

    How to book 

    Location scouts may book an appointment in advance to view the Bloedel Conservatory any time during operating hours free of charge. Book an appointment by calling Maria Di Antonio at 604-654-0780 or emailing bloedelrentals@vancouver.ca 

    1. Complete an application form along with a map of the Conservatory indicating the requested locations. 
    2. A rental agreement is required and will be issued to you once your booking is approved. Allow 3 to 5 business days to process an application. 
    3. At the time of booking, provide payment for a $500 plus GST ($1,000 for buyouts) non-refundable reservation fee, which will be applied toward the booking along with a $1,000 damage deposit cheque payable to: City of Vancouver – Bloedel Conservatory, GST # R121 361 042. 
    4. Include a copy of insurance. 
    5. The damage deposit cheque will not be cashed and will be returned to you following completion of your shoot, should the facility be left the way it was found. 
    6. Liaison supervision is required for the duration of the shoot. 

    Bookings that provide less than 2-weeks notice are charged an additional last minute booking fee of $150 plus GST. These amounts are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation. A cancellation fee of $1,000 plus any scheduled supervisory charges are applied if the photoshoot is cancelled for any reason without 2 days advance notice. 

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