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2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

Tuesday, March 1 - Saturday, December 31

2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Shaughnessy Restaurant x VanDusen Botanical Garden Promo

Sunday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 31

Present your VanDusen admission receipt or valid VBGA membership card from May 1 to May 31, 2022, (not valid Mother’s Day weekend) to access exclusive, garden-inspired menu items with fresh ingredients from VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Chirigir-e Paper Art by Leanne Lai

Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, August 24

Chirigir-e Paper Art at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery is a cross section of paintings from artist and musician Leanne Lai.

Twenty-one years ago, she began learning a Japanese artform called Chigiri-e—using hand-dyed paper (washi) to make pictures—and has studied under several masters in Taiwan.

View a selection of her paintings at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery until August 24, 2022. (Open Monday – Wednesday).

All British Classic Car Show

Saturday, May 21 10.00am - 4.30pm

Vancouver ABFM returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 21, 2022!

An entertaining gathering of British-built classic cars, exhibitors and vendors will be on display at the Great Lawn. Featured marque anniversary celebrations, carried forward from 2020 & 2021, are Triumph Stag’s 50th, English Ford’s 100th, and Jaguar E-Type’s 60th anniversary.

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VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show

Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, May 22

The VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show takes place May 21 & 22 in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: By Donation

For more information contact Hugh Kamisato at: hughkamiyuki@shaw.ca or 604-980-8127.

VanDusen Presents: Spring Strings

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29

New tickets added for May 29! 

A contemporary cello concert by Low Strung.

Join us for an afternoon cello concert on the Great Lawn on May 28!

Low Strung, a classically-trained cello group from Yale University, will be performing rock and pop songs by artists ranging from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Queen and the Beatles.

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Penjing Exhibition & Sale

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29

The Chinese Penjing Society of Canada Exhibition & Sale takes place May 28 & 29 in the Floral Hall and Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Opening Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entrance: $5.00/Family of 5 or $2.00/Person

For more information contact: Ayton Ho at hoentltd@gmail.com or 604-818-8810.

Bloom Calendar

Fall

Wednesday, September 22 2021 - Tuesday, December 21 2021

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

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Summer

Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, September 22

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

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Winter

Wednesday, December 21 - Monday, March 20 2023

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

 

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Courses

Invasive Plants: How to Spot Alien Invaders (Online)

Wednesday, May 18 6.30 - 8.00pm

Ever wondered what plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks? How do you know which ones are invasive? After learning some basic plant identification skills, discover some of the priority invasive species in the region. Access resources and learn what can be done about even the most harmful alien invaders.

Instructor Tasha Murray is the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver.

Bird Feathers and Nests at Bloedel Conservatory

Saturday, May 21 10.00am - 12.00pm

Meet VBGA Education Staff out front of Bloedel Conservatory at 10.00am on May 21st, to learn about tropical feathers up close and take a look at some local bird species’ nests. Then head inside to see the Conservatory’s exotic birds up close. The discovery table is free to visit, admission (or VBGA Membership) is required to enter Bloedel Conservatory.

Registration not required! For more information contact learn@vandusen.org.

2022 Speaker Series: The 2021 Flood Disaster in Southern BC

Thursday, May 26 6.30pm - 7.30pm

This presentation is a retrospective of the November 2021 flooding in southern BC – Canada’s most costly natural disaster.

Professor John Clague will discuss the event in the context of historic flooding and changing land use in BC. ‘Atmospheric rivers’, which were responsible for this disaster, are likely to become more frequent, larger, and perhaps longer in duration in the future, as the atmosphere warms. It is therefore important to reassess critical infrastructure to ensure that it is safer from extreme weather events.

Design Your Indoor Micro-Farm (In Person)

Saturday, May 28 10.00am - 12.00pm

Transform your home or small garden into an urban micro-farm in this in-person workshop presented by Sustainable Design Professional Dr. Yael Stav. In this holistic class, explore living walls, vermicomposting, window farms, and other indoor planting systems to add edible greenery to your home without taking up much space.

Learn principles of planning your garden, managing water and light requirements, and which plants are most suitable.

 

June - Introduction to Bird Watching

Saturday, June 11 12.00am - 12.30pm

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.

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon is back on-site with this seasonal favourite! During this introduction, he will discuss the best birding resources such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying birds, and highlight hot birding spots in Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 103 species of birds in the Garden.

Guided Walk through VanDusen Botanical Garden

Friday, June 17 3.30pm -4.30pm

Appreciate VanDusen Botanical Garden on a deeper level by joining VanDusen Garden subforeman Andrew Fleming, for a one-hour guided walk through the Garden.

Andrew will highlight plants with unique features and characteristics, making them plants of interest throughout the year. Some examples are Aralia elata, Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire,’ and Zanthoxylum americanum.

Drought Tolerant Gardening (In Person)

Tuesday, June 21 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Prepare for the heat of summer in this course, equipping you with the knowledge to grow a drought-tolerant garden. Discover basics of design, such as exposure and soil conditions, the importance of organic matter and mulch, and the basics of irrigation and drainage.

Janis Matson will provide you with an extensive list of plant possibilities, including trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and ground covers that thrive in dry conditions.

Growing Herbs for Humans and Bees (Online)

Thursday, June 23 6.30 - 8.30pm

Many edible and medicinal plants are a boon for humans and bees. Find out how to create a “herbaliscious” garden that fills your pantry while feeding pollinators.

This session will be presented by Lori Weidenhammer, a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is originally from a tiny hamlet called Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. She first became enchanted with bees in this place, bordered by wheat fields and wild prairie. She is the author of a book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees.

Forest Therapy Walk (In Person)

Saturday, June 25 10.00am - 12.30pm

Discover the regenerative power of body and mind in nature with Kristine Koster, certified Forest Therapy Guide. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, forest therapy is the eco-antidote to modern-day stress. Kristine will lead you through a variety of gentle activities in the Garden, all designed to promote relaxation, wellness, and connection.

Learn how the practice of forest therapy boosts immune systems and supports healing. The walk concludes by sharing wildcrafted tea and treats in the Garden.