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2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

Tuesday, March 1 - Saturday, December 31

2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

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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

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.