Events, Flora and Courses

Public art, lectures, seasonal blooms, family adventures and courses — there is always something happening at VanDusen. See what’s on now and coming up soon.

Events

Brush with Nature

Saturday, April 14 - Tuesday, June 26

The 4th Annual Vancouver plein air group exhibition of images painted onsite at VanDusen Garden.

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Back to Nature

Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 27

Back to Nature responds to Nato Velkov’s immersion into painting botanical subjects.

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Preschool Storytime: Nature’s Stories for Young Children

Wednesday, May 23 - Wednesday, November 28 10:00 to 10:45 am

Takes place on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 to 10:45 am and includes reading, action songs and a craft project.

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May Bird Walk

Saturday, May 26 10 am

Enjoy a guided tour at VanDusen Botanical Garden, seeking out the bird species that make their home in this beautiful, 22-hectare garden.

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BARK - a closer look

Friday, June 1 - Sunday, July 29

Three artists emphasize the amazing textures, shapes and abstractions of a tree’s bark or ‘skin’.

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Desert Plant Society of Vancouver - Show & Sale

Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10

Join the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver for their annual show.

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Pollinator Days - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14 10 am – 2 pm

A buzz-worthy field trip engaging students in their natural surroundings. 

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Bloom Calendar

Summer

Wednesday, June 20 - Thursday, September 20

Summer in the Garden features vibrant colours and fragrant smells for our visitors to enjoy.

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Fall

Saturday, September 22 - Friday, December 21

Autumn colours are absolutely stunning at the Garden, and there are plenty of blooms still showing.

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Winter

Friday, December 21 - Wednesday, March 20 2019

The winter Garden features muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms.

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Courses

New! Botany and Birds Walk on Bowen

Sunday, May 27 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore Bowen Island’s botanical and ornithological diversity around Killarney Lake as you walk through mature secondary growth forest, shoreline and riparian communities, and along the boardwalk covering marsh and swamp.

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Seaweed Pressing Workshop: Preserving Seasonal Specimens

Sunday, May 27 - Sunday, July 8 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Learn to press and preserve gorgeous seaweeds in a variety of colours, textures and sizes.

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Drawing Flowers

Saturday, June 2 10 am - 4 pm

Improve your drawing skills and capture a realistic depiction of a flower.

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Creative Photography Principles 2

Saturday, June 2 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Build upon your understanding of photography principles, such as the effects of speed and lighting, while using traditional techniques such as black & white.

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Effective Photo Composition

Sunday, June 3 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sharpen your natural sense of composition during this in-depth workshop that will aid in creating immediate improvement in your photos.

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Drip Irrigation Systems: How to DIY

Wednesday, June 6 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

With climate change making our summers drier and longer, the need to water our plants in a responsible way is more important than ever.

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Get to Know Your Pollinators

Sunday, June 10 1 - 3:30 pm

Go beyond the bees and butterflies and discover the immense world of pollinators that can visit your garden!

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