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

Enlighten Your Photos

Sunday, June 10 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Light eff ects are crucial to good photography

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Year-round Gardening with Succulents

Wednesday, June 13 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Succulents are very popular plants for good reason: they grow in a huge variety of gorgeous shapes and colours, can often be low-maintenance, and are drought tolerant.

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Practical Summer Pruning

Saturday, June 16 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Take a seasonal look at pruning and learn why, where, and how to cut plants, and how they will respond.

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Edible Wall and Fence Gardens

Wednesday, June 20 6:30 - 9 pm

Sunlit walls and fences can be an ideal location to grow vegetables and herbs, even in high density areas.

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Watercolour Still-life Workshop

Thursday, June 21 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Practice your watercolour stil-life painting skills and learn how to improve your technique with professional artist and long-time instructor Susan Pearson.

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The Naturalist’s Journal: Botanical Drawing

Saturday, June 23 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Improve your drawing skills for journaling, teaching, or pure enjoyment.

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Acrylic Painting Workshop for Beginners: Floral Arrangement using Acrylic Skins

Sunday, June 24 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

These workshops provide all the supplies you need, along with step-by-step instruction by local artist Jane Saborio.

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