Considered one of the top ten public gardens in North America, VanDusen Botanical Garden is a scenic 55-acre botanical garden – a living museum of plants collected from around the world and artistically displayed amidst rolling lawns, woodlands and five tranquil lakes.
Vancouver’s mild climate makes it possible for plants to bloom year-round – so there is always something wonderful to see. Our climate creates a unique environment where plants from varying climates thrive. At VanDusen you will see plants from the southern hemisphere, tropical areas and the high Arctic tundra alongside native species. Seasonal highlights include: Spring — bulbs, cherry trees, azaleas and rhododendrons; Late Spring -- Laburnum Walk and roses; Summer — annuals, perennials and water lilies; Late Summer – wild flower meadow and the Heirloom Vegetable Garden; Autumn – brilliant autumn colour, heathers, perennials; Winter — witchhazels, viburnums and hellebores. The Elizabethan Maze is one of only six in North America. In addition to the plant collections, VanDusen’s eco-sphere is home to numerous fauna - small mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects. During the course of the year 65 species of birds make the Garden their home, either permanently or as a respite on their annual migrations.
An important function of a botanical garden is education. At VanDusen, all plants carry identifying labels with botanical information, Latin and common names and country of origin. Plant collections feature interpretive signage to help put the collection into its global context. Housing more than 5,000 volumes, VanDusen’s Library is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.
Events: Summer concerts - World @ the Garden, Blooming Baroque, Jazz in the Garden. In December -the spectacular Festival of Lights.
VanDusen opens daily at 10 a.m. Plenty of free parking, convenient access by public transportation, wheelchair accessible, gift shop and on-site restaurant.