VAN DUSEN GARDEN
Van Dusen Garden is one of Vancouver’s well known attractions. The area is approximately 55 acre. The garden includes 11,000 ongoing plants revealing over 7,300 plant families as well as 255, 00 individual plants from around the world. Their collection varies from tropical South Africa to Hamalayas, to the South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and the Great Plains to plants native to our own Pacific Northwest.
The garden’s decorations display exquisite landscape backgrounds. Detailed garden areas are planted to reveal botanical relationships.
The Garden presents an inspiring and pleasant environment for all visitors around the world and all ages. With its admirable collections and the splendour of their display, the Garden endorses knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and their fundamental importance to life.
There will always be something to catch your interest no matter what season it is! The garden’s vision is too flabbergasting to put you into bore. VanDusen Botanical Garden features a large plant collection of over 7,000 different kinds of plants. Van Dusen Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak Street), Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1.
VAN DUSEN GARDEN’S RESTAURANT
The Shaughnessy Restaurant located in Van Dusen Garden. Only the highest quality local ingredients are selected to serve. For a distinctive, memorable experience, come and discover Shaughnessy Restaurant at Van Dusen Botanical Garden.
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am- 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Daily
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Daily
VAN DUSEN TOUR
From April though the end of October, VanDusen Garden offers a variety of docent-led walking and cart tours of the Garden.
Daily at 2 p.m. plus Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Free for Members or with Garden admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the Deck.
Available everyday for groups of 10 or more. Must be booked in advance by calling 604-257-8666.
For seniors and the disabled, every day at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Advance booking required for weekdays by calling 604-257-8666. Weekends and holidays are on a first come, first served basis. A cart holds 5 passengers and only one cart can be reserved at a time. We encourage groups booking for more than 5 people to book 2 consecutive times.
VAN DUSEN SCULPTURE
VanDusen has a collection of several sculptures, including fountains, sited throughout the Garden. Eleven larger stone sculptures were created at the Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium, held here in 1975. Additional sculptures came to the Garden as gifts or were commissioned by VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA).
Hosted by Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr School of Art), under the direction of Gerhard Class, The Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium invited 12 internationally-renowned artists to spend the summer of 1975 in the newly opened VanDusen Botanical Garden creating sculptures with the assistance of 24 students from the school. The artists were given a choice of site at the Garden and stone (either marble from Turkey and Iran or travertine from Turkey). Donated by Debro Construction Company, the stone arrived in Vancouver as ballast in ships.
One definition of good garden sculpture is that once admired, it should blend and almost disappear in the landscape, not detracting one’s attention from the living collections. This may be the reason why abstract sculpture is sometimes more successful than the representational kind which may evoke images that impinge too much on the quiet flow of ideas that one likes to enjoy in a garden”.
VAN DUSEN OUTDOOR WEDDING
VanDusen Botanical Garden offers some of the most uniquely spectacular settings for your outdoor wedding. Picture yourself at the top of the Great Lawn with stunning azalea beds, flowering trees and peonies as the backdrop. This picturesque lawn area offers views across the treetops to the majestic North Shore Mountains. The Great Lawn can accommodate wedding ceremonies up to 120 guests.
The gently sloping lawns adjacent to Heron Lake have been featured as a romantic location in many Hollywood movies. Now, this idyllic setting, with the lake and its willow trees, is available for smaller wedding ceremonies of up to 100 guests.
Meadow Pond, secluded at the south west corner of the Garden, is available for wedding ceremonies of up to 30 guests.
Whether you choose vibrant floral, serene water, or a secluded garden, all backdrops will provide a memorable setting for your special day.
VAN DUSEN LIBRARY
The VanDusen Library collection complements the living resources of the Garden. It is the largest botanical and horticultural library with free public access in the province. Over 5,000 books, periodicals and other materials including seed catalogues are available for research and general information.
Call Classic Limousine for your transortation to Vandusen Garden in Vancouver: 604-874-4880