Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre

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Library hours
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Closed weekends in July & August)

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.

  • +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.

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    “Art in VanDusen Botanical Garden” is an annual exhibition by the Vancouver Plein Air Group.

    This exhibition explores the many sculptures that enhance one’s stroll throughout VanDusen Botanical Garden.

    Twelve painters from this group have rendered, in different mediums, the sculptural works by Canadian and international artists such as George Lundeen, Gerhard Class, Sophie Ryder, Chris Booth, David Ruben, Steve Paterson and Janis Woode, Michael Prentice, Arthur Sterritt, Earl and Brian Muldoe, Gerhard Juchum and David Marshall. The exhibition will also include a reproduction by Andrea del Verrachio and a small rendition of the VanDusen Visitor Centre.

    This display of Vancouver painters celebrates the art of others.

    The exhibition will runs to December 18, 2019.


  • +2019 Speaker Series

    Christine Allen and Michael Kluckner present Our Year at Killara Farm

    Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Guides Classroom, Visitor Centre.

    This event is free of charge, and we strongly encourage you to reserve your seat online ahead of time. Click here for more information.  A few walk-in spots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

    From 1993 to 2006, Christine Allen and Michael Kluckner lived on a 9-acre farm in the Fraser Valley. During this time, Christine kept a series of journals documenting the development of her 1-acre garden, as well as observations on the lives of the domestic and wild animals that shared their land. These journals, enhanced by Michael’s evocative paintings, became the basis for A Year at Killara Farm, which will be available for sale at the talk.

    Christine and Michael will talk their time on the farm and how the book evolved into yet another shared experience.

    Christine Allen is a long-time volunteer at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and has received both an Award of Recognition and an Award of Distinction from her fellow volunteers. She teaches in the Vancouver Master Gardener program, and is regularly invited to speak to garden clubs and other organizations. She has also written many articles for gardening publications in Canada and the U.S.

    Christine is the author of several books, including Gardens of Vancouver and Roses for the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent book is A Year at Killara Farm (Harbour Publishing), a memoir of her garden on the Langley farm where she lived from 1992 to 2006.

     Michael Kluckner is an artist and the author of a number of illustrated books, several focusing on Vancouver. During his and Christine’s time on the farm, he wrote two books – The Pullet Surprise (1997) and Wise Acres (2000) – as well as magazine articles for publications such as Harrowsmith. He is president of Vancouver Historical Society and chairs the city’s Heritage Commission. His recent creative interests include graphic novels on the Japanese-Canadian wartime internment (“Toshiko”) and the writer-explorer Julia Henshaw.

  • +Book Club

    Our lively Book Club has been meeting since 2008 and is always open to new members! Meetings take place the 4th Tuesday of month* from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Visitor Centre Volunteer Lounge.

    Books and discussions focus on an eclectic variety of topics related to botany, horticulture and the natural world including gardens and gardeners, plant exploration, gardens in literature and art, ecological and environmental issues, natural history and more!

    For a more information and to join, contact Marina Princz at library@vandusen.org or at 604-257-8668.

    Download 2019 Book Selections and Topics (PDF)>>

    *Meeting dates:
    (No meetings in July, August or December)
    January 22
    February 26
    March 26
    April 23
    May 28
    June 25
    September 24
    October 22
    November 26