Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

Please read the following information before planning your library visit. 

  • +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

    Proof of vaccination (ages 12+)

    Proof of vaccination is required to enter the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Guests 12 years and above must wear a mask when entering the library.

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

  • +Online Speaker Series

    Gardening in the Elizabethan Era (Online)

    Time: January 24, 2022: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Presenter: Spencer W. Stuart

    In this talk, 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’.

    Hill went on to publish yet another successful book on gardening in 1577, The Gardener’s Labyrinth. Although little is known about Hill, his efforts inspired a genre of ‘how to’ garden literature throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries, which would have an impact on the early history of the English Garden tradition that endures to this day.

    Register now!

    Speaker Bio:

    Spencer W. Stuart holds a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England (recipient of the Director’s Award). Upon graduation, he took a position with Bonhams Auctioneers where he worked closely with the North American Rare Books and Manuscripts Department in Toronto and New York.

    Spencer now provides advisory services to private collectors as well as institutions aiding in the design and execution of collection development, management and deaccession strategies.

    In concert with his advising, Spencer is an active writer and lecturer on histories of the printed word for a variety of publications including The Book Collector and Amphora as well as with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Register now!


  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Botanical Literacy: by Catherine Shapiro 

    Running: Dates TBC

    Catherine’s upcoming exhibition, Botanical Literacy at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery is a cross section of paintings from her Amaranth project, images of gardens recalled from her childhood, and examples of her experiments in painting and printing on fabric with indigo, a legume that was one of the original sources of blue dye. Indigo exemplifies Catherine’s continued work in making environmental pieces using the plants she has foraged, grown and processed.

    In 2021, Catherine, gave a Speaker Series Presentation for VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre about her lifelong experiences as an artist, gardener and researcher. This talk introduced her project entitled Amaranth: Ceremony and Taboo, which encapsulated her lifelong interest in researching and illustrating the ways in which women developed horticulture.

    Catherine Shapiro Floating Garden   
    Catherine Shapiro 'Cadillac' & 'Garden'   
  • +VanDusen Book Club

    Next Book Club meeting (online): February 24th 2022, 1:00pm

    Download the 2022 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    February 24, 2022 1:00pm Book: Vesper Flights (2020) by Helen MacDonald
    April 28, 2022 1:00pm Topic: Cherry Blossoms and Cherry Trees

    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.

  • +Covid-19 Adaptations

    We require all VBGA in-person education program participants to be fully vaccinated. Children under 12 years old are exempt from this policy. You may be asked to provide the BC Vaccine Card for entrance into the program. Masks are mandatory for all persons age 5+ when indoors.