Contact Us

VanDusen Botanical Garden
5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Administration Building
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6M 4H1

24-Hour Information Line: 604-257-8335
Plant Information Line: 604-257-8662

Bloedel Conservatory
Off West 33rd Avenue, east of Cambie St., atop Queen Elizabeth Park
Phone: 604-257-8584

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Visitor Centre

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6M 4H1


Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA)

Since VanDusen Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1975, the VBGA has offered educational programs and tours to connect people to plants. Our Mission is to inspire understanding of the vital importance of plants to all life through the excellence of our botanical collections, programs and practices. Scroll down for The VBGA directory.

VBGA Executive Director’s Office

Stephen Shapiro, Executive Director | 604-257-8625

Lee Laxton, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Board

Accounting & Administration

Balraj Kalkat, Director of Finance | 604-257-8673

Atsuko Shimizu, Finance Assistant | 604-257-8673


Gillian Drake, Education Director | 604-257-8669

Chantal Martin, Assistant Director of Education (Day Camps) | 604-257-8443

Devon Deckant, School Programs Manager | 604-257-8423

Julia Gellman, Adult Education & Teaching Garden Coordinator | 604-718-5898

Hailey Moran, Community Outreach Coordinator | 778-939-3739

Marina Princz, Librarian | 604-257-8668

For the Vancouver Master Gardener program, please visit their website. The Master Gardener program is not managed by the VBGA.

Fundraising & Development

Josh Coward, Director of Development | 604-257-8190

Simon Gee, Assistant Director of Development | 604-257-8677


General Membership inquiries | 604-257-8675

Janene Preston, Director of Membership Services | 604-257-8151

Lorelei Martell, Member Services Coordinator | 604-257-8537


Heidi Jakop, Volunteer Engagement Director | 604-257-8674

Elise Hall-Meyer, Administrative Assistant | 604-257-8469


Queeva (Caoimhe) Murray, Marketing & Communications Manager | 604-257-8670

Vancouver Park Board Staff List

Garden Director: Yann Gagnon604.257.8521

Business Team Lead: Ema Tanaka | 604-718-6218

Facility and Wedding Rentals: Jennifer Cooper / Maria Di Antonio | 604-257-6915

Garden Superintendent: James Warkentin

Curator of Collections: Cynthia Sayre | 604-257-8659

Plant Documentation Technician: Samantha Sivertz | 604-257-8667

Media and Public Relations (Vancouver Park Board): Emily Schultz, Marketing Coordinator | 604-257-8401

Special Events: Sinfor Wong604-718-6217

Not sure who to contact? For general inquires:

VanDusen Administration | 604-257-8666 | FAX 604-257-8679