Adult Education at VanDusen

Sunday, October 25 2020 - Monday, January 31

Check out our upcoming Adult Education classes!

This Fall we have a mix of in-person and online classes!

View Upcoming Classes!

Visiting the Gardens!

Saturday, January 1 - Thursday, March 31

Starting January 1, 2022, all tickets will be sold on site for both VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.

Members can simply scan in their membership cards at both VanDusen and Bloedel for entry.

Learn about the Covid-19 safety measures being taken at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory Proof of vaccination is required for certain facilities, events and programming.

NEW! Capacity Restrictions at Bloedel Conservatory: Learn more!



Capacity Restrictions at Bloedel Conservatory

Friday, January 21 - Monday, February 28

For the safety and comfort of visitors, capacity at the Conservatory is now limited, and entry will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn More

Spring Break Camps 2022

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 25

Spring Break Camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden are full-day outdoor camps that allow children to learn about the natural environment through engaging hands-on activities, games, crafts, and experiments!

Learn more!

Members receive a 10% discount on camps!

Cancelled: 2022 VanDusen Plant Sale

Sunday, April 24

It is with considerable sadness but with personal health and safety in mind that the Plant Sale Committee is confirming the VBGA VanDusen Plant Sale is cancelled for 2022 due primarily to the pandemic and the emergence of the omicron variant.

Learn More
Bloom Calendar


Tuesday, December 21 2021 - Saturday, March 19

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


Learn More


Sunday, March 20 - Tuesday, June 21

In spring the Garden is bursting with cheerful rhododendrons, stunning magnolias, delicate cherry blossoms and bloom-full camellias –  to mention a few…

Learn More


Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, September 22

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

Learn More

Winter Watercolour Meetups! (In Person)

Thursday, January 13 10.00am - 12.30pm

In this 6-week program, artist and illustrator Susan Pearson will share her skills and techniques pertaining to the colours you find in the winter months. Snow-covered mountains, landscapes and snowdrops, with just the white of the paper! Textured and muted colours of winter foliage!

You will be working from photographs and fresh cuts from the Garden for inspiration. Susan’s group and individual instructions ensure that each participant can progress at their own pace as they develop techniques such as layering of colour, wet in to wet and dry brush. This course is suitable for novices or those seeking a refresher on watercolour techniques.


Creative Photography 2 (In Person)

Saturday, January 15 10.00am - 3.00pm

Build on your understanding of photography principles, and explore speed and lighting effects. Using traditional techniques such as shooting in black & white, you will dive deeper into what makes a great photograph and why. During the class, you will have the chance to go outdoors to the Garden and capture winter’s vibes from your unique point of view; the class will finish with a feedback session.

This class is for people who have taken class #1 or have previous knowledge and experience and wish to develop their skills.

How to Start Seedlings Indoors (Online)

Tuesday, January 18 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Another planting calendar is starting, bringing back the joy of getting your hands dirty! If you are a beginner gardener wanting to create your food garden from seeds, it’s better to start early, and this is the perfect class to receive instructions on how to do it.

Join Jennifer Lipka, an MSc Student at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems of UBC, who has plenty of practical experience and will discuss what seeds you need to start indoors and when, how to start seeds indoors and what you’ll need, considering many budgets. Additionally, the class will cover the soil to use, containers and grow lights to buy. The session will finish with a demonstration.

2022 Speaker Series: Gardening in the Elizabethan Era

Monday, January 24 6.30pm - 7.30pm

In this presentation, Spencer W. Stuart will discuss one of the first books published in English on gardening, Thomas Hill’s ‘A Most Briefe and Pleasaunte Treatise, Teaching How to Dresse, Sowe, and Set a Garden’ (1563).

A product of Elizabethan Period, Hill’s book offered a compendium of tools as well as techniques from beekeeping to making flower beds. Evidence of its popularity can be seen in the many reprints throughout the 16th Century under the title of ‘The Profitable Arte of Gardening’.