2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

Tuesday, November 1 2022 - Saturday, December 31 2022

2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Garden Gift Shop Sale

Tuesday, November 8 2022 10.00am - 3.00pm

VBGA Members save 25% on all regular-priced merchandise, holiday decor and gifts!

Shop early and save big on holiday decor and garden-inspired gifts at the Member Only Sale when you present your valid VBGA Membership Card!

Plus enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and treats. Discount available to current Members only. Family & friends must have their own valid Membership to receive the discount. Seeds, magazines and books are excluded from the sale.

Bloedel Holiday Lights

Wednesday, November 23 2022 - Sunday, January 15

On now until January 15!

Get tropical this holiday season with a visit to Bloedel!

The Conservatory is dazzling with holiday lights, pink flamingo displays and colourful lanterns.

Regular admission rates apply. Purchase your ticket at the Bloedel admission desk.

Giving Tuesday 2022

Tuesday, November 29 2022

VBGA is proud to be participating in GivingTuesday, the world’s largest generosity movement.

Your support enables us to connect more people to plants.

As a charitable organization we depend on the generosity of our donors to operate our programs and develop our leadership in environmental education.

Read stories about how your gift helps us grow!


Bloom Calendar


Monday, March 20 - Wednesday, June 21

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

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Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, September 22

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

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Saturday, September 23 - Thursday, December 21

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

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Thursday, December 21 - Sunday, March 24 2024

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


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Growing Chinese Medicinal Plants in your Garden (Online & In-Person)

Wednesday, June 7 - Saturday, July 8

Chinese medicinal herbs may be used to make herbal teas and therapeutic foods, alleviate illness, make natural beauty products, or be used to start an herbal plant-based business. However, growing good-quality medicinal herbs is challenging because many factors influence their medicinal qualities and therapeutic efficacy. This course will introduce you to 15 common Chinese medicinal plants and provide you with basic knowledge on properly growing, harvesting, processing, and using medicinal herbs.

You will learn what factors influence the medicinal quality and therapeutic effects of a medicinal plant and how to select appropriate species. In addition, you will learn about the stories and legends, alternative uses, and cultural and historical significance of the medicinal plants. You will also learn how to prepare herbal remedies.

Botanical Drawing and Painting Flowers

Wednesday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 28

Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers in this four-session series. Instructed by artist and educator Katharine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through various exercises on capturing a flower’s identifying features through line, shape, structure and form, and observing critical angles and accurate proportions.

Explore watercolour techniques for botanicals, mixing and matching a flower’s natural colours, and applying washes and dry brush details.

June Forest Bathing

Saturday, June 17 10.00am - 12.30pm

Come discover the regenerative power of body and mind in nature with Kristine Koster, certified Forest Therapy Guide. The Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, forest bathing, 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 bathing boosts our immune system and supports healing. The walk concludes by sharing wildcrafted tea and treats in the Garden.

Easy Ecology Walk on Bowen Island

Sunday, June 18 10.00am - 12.30pm

With a focus on plants, explore the native biodiversity of Bowen Island on a gentle walk along shaded forest trails. Led by former VBGA Education Director, Gillian Drake, this comfortable stroll will stop regularly for a closer look at local flora and fauna, discuss ecosystems, and identify native ferns, trees, and more. We won’t walk very far, but we will see a lot!

The tour will start at the library, 30m from the ferry dock (no car needed), and will finish in time to board the 1:15 pm ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. Consider making a day of it and visit Bowen’s many cafes, shops, and galleries within walking distance of the ferry.

Chigiri-e Paper Art

Friday, June 23 - Friday, June 30

June 23 & 30, 12.00pm – 2.30pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form using pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture. In this hands-on, creative art two-session workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.

The Riveting World of Raptors

Saturday, June 24 1.30 - 4.00

Did you know owls, eagles, hawks, falcons & even the occassional osprey can all be seen right here at VanDusen Botanical Gardens? As a biodiversity hotpsot in the city, this urban oasis provides habitat and hunting grounds for a number of riveting raptors.

Join us in the Garden for this exciting Family Nature Program on Saturday, June 24th from 1:30pm – 4pm focused on these amazingly adapted top predators of the skies. Meet special guest educators and live birds from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (O.W.L) in a 1hr presentation and then take a guided walk to learn more about the raptor species that frequent the Garden!

Bumblebee Walk: Discovering the Lives of Our Fuzzy Friends

Saturday, June 24 9.30am - 12.00pm

Do you know that bumblebees are crucial pollinators, responsible for making our blueberry pies richer and fruit salads juicier? Join Jennifer Lipka for a fascinating journey into the secret lives of these fuzzy friends.

Learn about the important role that bumblebees play in our ecosystem, as well as their enchanting behaviours and physical characteristics. You will also take a leisurely walk through the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden, where you will have the opportunity to catch, identify, and release bumblebees using ethical practices followed by the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas.