Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

The Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre has re-opened!

Please read the following information before planning your library visit. 

We look forward to welcoming you back.

  • +Opening Hours

    Founded in 1976, and relocated to the new Visitor Centre in 2011, the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.

    Library Open hours:

    Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Thursday – Sunday CLOSED

    If you would like to connect with us before your visit please contact: library@vandusen.org

  • +Online Speaker Series

    The Garden as Museum:
    A Brief History of the Accession Tag

    Presenter: Víctor Ballesteros

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:30-7:30 pm (Zoom)

    In this talk, Víctor Ballesteros will present a brief history of the likeness between botanical gardens and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries. By focusing on VanDusen Garden’s use of display labels and accession tags – the tiny labels usually found hanging from trees or standing right next to flowers on plant beds around the garden – Ballesteros will discuss how practices such as classification, naming, collecting, and archiving are inscribed in the experience visitors have of the garden and are central to both scientific and cultural institutions alike.

    This presentation will be illustrated with photographs and other documents he collected during his residency as a Visiting Artist at the Garden in 2019, as well as by introducing the work of other contemporary artists who investigate institutional practices through photography, film, and sculpture.

    Bio: Víctor Ballesteros is an artist and filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. In 2019, while a Visiting Artist at VanDusen Botanical Garden, he conducted research at the garden’s archives on a collection of approximately 60 Chilean plants owned and displayed by VanDusen Botanical Garden and produced a video installation and a series of photographs. Ballesteros studied art and art history at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and at UBC, and his recent projects have been supported by the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Register now!

    Upcoming Speaker Series

    Date Presenter(s) Topic
    June 29: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

    Víctor Ballesteros

    The Garden as Museum: A Brief History of the Accession Tag

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Celebrating VanDusen in painting: Vancouver en Plein Air Painting Group

    In this garden we find a worldliness, an enchantment, a repetition of colours, a variety of textures, a myriad of forms to paint, and we do so in unique peacefulness.”

    This exhibition of the works of 8 painters reflects different visions and expressions of “place.” VanDusen Botanical Garden is a place that has moved each one of the members of the Vancouver en Plein Air Group in different ways.

    The theme of this years exhibition is: “Seasons in the Garden”.

    You will see images in watercolour, acrylic and oil medium inspired by such places as: Autumn Stroll, Black Garden, Rose Garden, Heron Lake, and rhododendron areas, as well as other views.

    The Vancouver en Plein Air group was formed in 2011 when they first gathered in Stanley Park to paint on April 18th of that year.

    Their love of outdoor painting, the joy of companionship, and the exchange of ideas has kept them coming together every week despite the often inclement weather. VanDusen Botanical Garden is one of their favorite spots to paint during all seasons.

    The painters’ different artistic backgrounds and life journeys are compiled in an album with small biographies, images and contact information. This album is available for viewing in the library.

    All art works are for sale.

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    Next Book Club meeting (online): July 22th 2021, 1:00pm

    Download the 2021 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    July 22 1:00pm Vita
    Sackville-West
    September 23 1:00pm Rewilding
    November 25 1:00pm Personal Journeys in Nature

    Meetings will continue on Zoom until it is safe to meet in person.

    To prepare for Book Club meetings, check out the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, your local library systems or bookstores for books, ebooks and audiobooks. You are also welcome to conduct your own research online.

    We often purposefully choose general topics to allow members find material that interests them and so that there is less demand on a limited number of copies of one specific book.

    To register, for more information, and to get on our mailing list, contact Marina Princz at: library@vandusen.org

  • +About the Library

    The library’s collection focuses on gardening in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and covers a wide range of topics including gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, native floras from around the world, vegetable and herb gardening, pruning and training, North American ethnobotany, butterfly gardening, native plant gardening, flower arrangement, plant hunters, garden history, pests and diseases, garden design, gardens to visit, horticulture in urban environments, botany and plant ecology, plant conservation, literature in the garden, garden art, organic gardening, environmental science and much more.

    The Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre’s research collection complements the living resources of VanDusen Botanical Garden. In addition to our collection, you can enjoy regular community events hosted at the library.

  • +Preschool Storytime

    Explore the magical lives of birds in the VBGA’s upcoming online Preschool Storytime.

    This free event is a continuation of our popular in-person Preschool Storytime program, which had to be postponed due to Covid.

    Families are welcome to join this free session from the comfort of their home to sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in a fun nature craft. This engaging virtual session will also have fun bird facts and will feature nests of local bird species.

    Register now!

    Pre-registration required to receive Zoom link. In addition to the course link, participants will receive craft instructions, song lyrics, and some fun birding resources!

    For more information contact Marina Princz at 604-257-8668 or library@vandusen.org