Courses

Botanical Drawing and Painting Flowers (Online & In Person)

Wednesday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 29 10:00am - 1:00pm

Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers in this four-session series. Instructed by artist and educator Katharine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through various exercises on capturing a flower’s identifying features through line, shape, structure and form and observing critical angles and accurate proportions.

Explore watercolour techniques for botanicals, mixing and matching a flower’s natural colours, and applying washes and dry brush details.

Discover Birds at Bloedel

Saturday, May 25 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join a member of the VBGA Education team for this all-ages program to celebrate our feathered friends. Meet the birds of Blodel and discover the biodiversity hidden under the Conservatory dome through a mini-tour and activity!

Gardening in a Changing Climate

Tuesday, June 11 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Discover how to develop your garden’s resilience to the evolving seasonal realities of our changing climate: hot, dry summers, intense storms, and unpredictable cold snaps.

Learn gardening techniques to help you and your food garden adapt to extreme weather and varying conditions. Instructor Rhiannon Johnson will teach you how to make your garden more resilient to temperature and precipitation changes.

Peak Perennials in June

Saturday, June 15 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Perennials occupy a unique niche in our gardens: some are tireless workhorses, providing long-season interest, while others offer a short but spectacular show.

During this workshop, we’ll spend our time outdoors exploring the garden—from the Eastern North American to Ornamental Grasses collections—and identifying standout perennials for the summer season. Using the criteria mentioned above for plant selection, you’re sure to discover a few new additions that you’ll be eager to introduce to your own garden.

June Intro to Birding

Saturday, June 15 10:00am - 12:30pm

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon presents this seasonal favourite! During this introductory-level class, he will discuss the best birding resources, such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying local and migratory birds, and highlight hot birding spots around Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 106 species of birds in the Garden.

The class is designed for aspiring and beginner bird watchers to help build a foundation of knowledge and gain confidence to get out and go birding this spring.

Wildlife-Friendly Gardening

Wednesday, June 26 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Create a wildlife sanctuary in your backyard! Join our course and learn tips for selecting native plants and incorporating garden elements that benefit local wildlife, no matter what size of outdoor space you have. Say goodbye to invasive species that disrupt your garden’s delicate balance, thanks to Tasha’s insider knowledge.

Join a passionate community of nature enthusiasts who are enhancing urban habitat, embracing sustainable gardening, and leaving a biodiversity legacy for future generations.

Speaker Series: How Gardens Inspire Conservation (Hybrid format)

Thursday, June 27 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Presenter: Rob Butler
Topic: How Gardens Inspire Conservation (Hybrid format)

In this presentation, Rob will speak about his career in conservation, his passion for both birds and gardens, and will present his new work of historical fiction about a young woman’s quest to escape the humdrum to travel the world as an ornithologist during post-war London.

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