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UBC Botanical Garden

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David C. Lam Asian Garden pathway at UBC Botanical Garden.

UBC Botanical Garden

Immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants with over 8000 taxa to explore!

Garden highlights include internationally recognized collections of magnolias and maples. Stroll through our impressive Asian garden with over 400 kinds of rhododendrons, travel the continents in our alpine garden, explore our native rainforest garden, head back in time in our traditional physic garden overflowing with herbs, discover food growing techniques in the food garden and discover your adventurous spirit as you navigate suspended walkways and tree platforms high above the forest floor on the Greenheart TreeWalk eco-adventure. A unique and fun experience on swaying bridges amongst the treetops, the walkway is a delight for kids and adults alike. No visit is complete without a visit to our well-stocked Shop in the Garden and Garden Centre.

David C. Lam Asian Garden pathway at UBC Botanical Garden.

David C. Lam Asian Garden pathway at UBC Botanical Garden.

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The natural location for your next event. UBC Botanical Garden’s beautiful grounds will be an unforgettable location for your wedding, special event or meeting. The garden has two indoor facilities (large and small) and several outdoor options including a large outdoor amphitheatre.More information about Facility Rentals can be found on their website.

Interested in learning something new? UBC Botanical Garden offers a diverse selection of workshops, lectures and tours on topics such as pruning, organic gardening, arts, sustainability and more.More information about their Education programs can be found on their website.

Nestled at the entrance to the UBC Botanical Garden, the Shop in the Garden features unique treasures for gardeners and black thumbs alike. The Shop in the Garden showcases a diverse selection of gardening and botanical books, handy garden tools and accessories, distinctive gifts, dried flower arrangements. The Garden Centre offers seasonal choice selections of perennials, shrubs and vines for the garden and patio.Of special note to gardeners seeking hard-to-find or unusual plants, the shop stocks seeds hand-picked by the Friends of the Garden, from plants in the UBC Botanical Garden.The Shop in the Garden and Garden Centre is operated by the garden’s volunteers, the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden. All proceeds from the Shop in the Garden and 100% of the purchase price of the seeds fund research, education, and garden improvements at the UBC Botanical Garden.More information and an overview of products at the Shop and Garden Centre can be viewed at their website.



Re-opens July 3rd, 2020. Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 3:00 pm for pre-purchased entry times only See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.

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6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BCV6T 1Z4

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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I ♥️ Tulips Back at Metropolis March 2020

By Scott McDonald |

I ♥️ Tulips back at Metropolis in March 2020

March 7 @ 10:00 am 8:00 pm PST

I ♥️ Tulips back at Metropolis in March 2020

The 2nd annual I ♥️ Tulips event, a floral installation of tulips in Metrotown Mall, takes place Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 19th, but  it’s arriving early this year again at Metropolis at Metrotown — with the 2nd annual I ♥️ Tulips event, the largest one day indoor tulip display in Canada.

On Saturday, March 7, an awe-inspiring installation of 14,000 live tulips will be unveiled in Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court. Arranged in multiple heart shapes, the multi-coloured tulips will be on display for one day only.

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Visitors to Burnaby’s famous shopping destination will have the opportunity to view the full display of tulips from all three levels of the mall, from 10am to 11am. For the rest of the day, the tulips will be available for picking, at a cost of eight stems for $5 or 20 stems for $10. Proceeds will go to Variety – the Children’s Charity, which has been providing direct help to B.C. children with special needs for more than 50 years.

This marks the 2nd edition of I ♥️ Tulips. It debuted in January of last year and was a great success. The event was created by Kate Onos-Gilbert and Davy Onos from Onos Greenhouses Ltd. and founders of Tulips of the Valley – the company behind the enormously popular Chilliwack Tulip Festival (established 2006) and the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival (established 2018), which take place in the Fraser Valley each year.

I ♥️ Tulips at Metropolis

I Heart Tulips will also feature various photo opportunities and pose-worthy selfie locations, including life-sized photo frames, a replica mini flower stand, and an adorable tulip-filled baby carriage. Keepsake Polaroids will be available for an additional donation, with all proceeds going to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

“I was overwhelmed by the success of the first I  ♥️ Tulips event in 2019,” says Onos-Gilbert. “I look forward to delighting visitors of Metropolis at Metrotown once again this year. And, of course, I’m honoured that Variety will again benefit from the proceeds of the event — they’re a cause that has long been close to my heart.”

Tulip Tip:

Don’t miss the Chilliwack Tulip Festival and watch for the BC Tulip Trail, debuting soon!


March 7, 2020
10:00 am – 8:00 pm PST
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Metropolis at Metrotown

4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2 Canada
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Preschool Story Time at VanDusen Botanical Garden

By Scott McDonald |

Preschool Story Time at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Preschool Storytime at VanDusen Botanical Garden: suitable for children aged 3 – 5. Storytime includes; reading, action songs, a craft project and lots and lots of fun! Younger siblings are welcome if quiet and engaged.

This program is free!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

To register contact Marina at 604-257-8668 or by email at library@vandusen.org

*registration required


VanDusen Eggciting Easter Hop

By Scott McDonald |

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Bring the family to a unique outdoor Easter event

Enjoy an unforgettable Easter experience with your kids (0 to 5 years) at the VanDusen Gardens Eggciting Easter Hop! Kids can collect eggs near the maze area and receive a chocolate prize, and hop along to fun music on the great lawn.

Take a photo with the Easter bunny, and enjoy other eggciting activities at the garden. Please bring your own basket. Bunny ears and costumes are encouraged with prizes awarded for best costume during each session.

We will have food trucks on-site so you can enjoy tasty treats after the hunt. Tickets include entry to the entire 55-acre garden so make sure to enjoy a picturesque walk after the Easter activities.

  • Tickets are available online only. No hard copy tickets will be available in advance or at the gate on event dates
  • There are no refunds or exchanges offered
  • This is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine


Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm
Dates: Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, .2019


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Protip: After you finish hunting Ester Eggs at VanDusen, drop by the Bloedel Conservatory to see the stunning and rare, 3 meter tall, subtropical ‘Snow Tower’ plants blooming

Flow to Slow Yoga at VanDusen Gardens

By Scott McDonald |

Flow to Slow Yoga at VanDusen Garden

Join us for some Yoga at VanDusen Gardens this winter!

Join us for an energizing, relaxing yoga at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The first portion of class moves you through a gentle flow of active, dynamic postures that wake up your muscles and get blood flowing. We will then wind down to a slower pace, holding posture to help nourish your joints, relax your mind and release tension. Appropriate for beginners or experienced students looking for a new approach to their practice. Bring a yoga mat and a towel or light blanket. Some props are available to borrow but you are welcome to bring your own. Class takes place in the beautiful VanDusen Guides Classroom with garden views.

Drop in Member $18 / Non-member $20

8 Dates · January 14 – March 11, 2019

Monday January 14, 21, and 28: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Monday February 4, 11, and 25: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Monday March 4 and 11: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Multi-passes start at $90 for 6 classes. Learn more at https://www.amilia.com/store/en/vanduseneducation/shop/multipass

About the instructor: Timothy Martin leads his classes from a place for both the light and dark aspects of yoga. He holds space for students to reconnect with their bodies on a deeper level than just only the mechanical with a focus on looking inward for answers. A colourful, vibrant personality you will find that Tim redefines what students think a yoga class, a yoga student and a yoga teacher should be. He meets students where they are and encourages acceptance and love through each and every breath.

You may also be interested in Tai Chi at the Vancouver Chinese Garden.

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