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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

Essentials of Landscape Design (Online)

Tuesday, February 1 - Tuesday, February 22

Whether you’re designing a small green entrance to your home or an expansive backyard oasis, this online class will equip you with the essential principles of landscape design. Join Janis Matson, horticulturist and owner of Shoreline Landscape Design, for this 4-part workshop series.

Learn foundational design concepts, such as soil, slope, sun exposure, and irrigation. Expand your learning with the principles and elements of design like focal points, scale, colour, balance, and more. Bring photos or drawings of your garden and work on your own property’s design with feedback and insight from the instructor. Leave inspired and ready to design your garden.

Deciduous Tree Identification (Online)

Wednesday, February 9 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Botanist Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed joins the VBGA to teach you about deciduous tree identification. Participants will learn about native and commonly cultivated species found in VanDusen Botanical Garden and around the Lower Mainland. Learn key characteristics of the most common deciduous tree families and recognize them in urban and wild environments.

Illustrating Birds Series (Online)

Tuesday, February 22 - Wednesday, March 2

This illustration course taught by Katharine Dickinson will bring the fun of drawing to the world of birds.

Strengthen your observation skills for studying birds, while developing your illustration skills. In the first class of this 2-part series, capture the plain form and essential bird features with simple sketches. In the second class, explore adding touches of watercolour to your drawing. After this course, you’ll have the confidence to bring your sketchpad out to the park, or to VanDusen Garden, or Bloedel Conservatory (admission sold separately), and connect to birdwatching through art.

DIY: Incense and Flower Essence (Online)

Wednesday, February 23 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Educator and herbalist Lori Snyder will guide you to make medicines from the plant world to bring balance, harmony and healing to your life.

Discover native and fragrant plants in British Columbia that can be harvested or grown in your gardens to make incense cones. Flower essences are homeopathic tinctures that carry the highest vibration of the plant, which can be very helpful for your emotional health. These simple, easy DIY projects can provide benefits for your spiritual practices, purification of your home, and building an appreciation for the healing aromatic chemical components of some of your favourite plants.

Growing Vegetables in Container Gardens (Online)

Saturday, February 26 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Interested in growing your own food but don’t have access to an in-ground garden? Welcome to the world of possibilities for edible container gardening!

This class is perfect for urban gardeners who want to get started with growing veggies and food crops on their balconies, patios, and container gardens, with tips on how to get started. Learn which vegetable varieties are best for patios or balconies, what the best soils and companion plants are, and which container pots to choose. After receiving Jennifer’s assistance and demonstration, you will feel confident to design the layout of a container garden to plant at home.