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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

Introduction to Bird Watching (In Person)

Saturday, April 2 10.00am - 12.30pm

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.

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.

Bird Identification Certificate Program (Online)

Tuesday, April 5 - Tuesday, May 3

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) present this five-session Bird Identification Certificate Program online for the second consecutive year.

In this course, you will go in-depth into Bird ID, learning essential foundations such as bird features, behaviours, topography, moulting, and field marks. The instructors’ team from VARC will introduce bird songs and the categories of vocalization and bird habitats. You will graduate from this program with a list of equipment, resources, and actions you can take to protect and identify our beloved feathered friends and bring your birding skills to the next level.

Healing Skin Salve Class (Online)

Wednesday, April 13 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Salves are used by various ancient and modern cultures and consist of a blend of infused plant oils with melted beeswax that offer you several skin benefits: restore and repair wounds, cuts and scrapes, improve itchy, dry and sunburnt skin; also work as an easy-to-make substitute of industrialized body lotions to protect your largest organ, the skin, with only natural –free of preservative- and local ingredients.

Lori Snyder will demonstrate all the details of salve making so you can start preparing the next time you step outside and discover who is growing around you to help your skin: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal, just a few of the healing properties that plants offer.

Naturalist's Journal: Botanical Drawing (Online)

Wednesday, April 13 - Wednesday, May 11 10.00am - 12.00pm

Improve your drawing skills for journaling, teaching, or pure enjoyment. Observational drawing is about accurately representing what you see directly from nature in pencil on paper. In the process, identify plants by recording their character and shape, spaces between forms, contour edges, and illustrate the scale of plants. Learn how to capture the illusion of depth by making a series of drawings that look at plants from different perspectives. Katharine will teach you how to record nature through illustration.

Online education techniques include presentations, live front view, and overhead demonstrations.

Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants (In Person)

Saturday, April 30 10.00am - 12.30pm

Explore how to use native plants to beautify your garden and help build habitat for urban wildlife like bees, butterflies, birds and more. Species biodiversity is at increasing risk as our climate continues to change, and we need all hands on deck to rebuild habitat to welcome nature back to our cities, backyards and urban green spaces.