On this day in history, August 30, 1975, VanDusen Botanical Garden opened to the public. Last fall I went to the garden for the first time, and I was by myself. Armed with a trail map and my camera, I captured the splashes of green, yellow, and fiery red that hung on branches all around and floated to the ground, crunching under my boots. It was a quiet, refreshing walk as the crisp fall air filled my lungs — and I can’t believe I haven’t been back since.
A great time to visit again would be for the garden’s Bloom Gala, taking place September 15, 2011 in the brand new visitor centre. Honorary Chair, CTV New Anchor Tamara Taggart will join guests of the gala as they become the first to experience the new petal-shaped ‘living building’.
There will be entertainment by Cool Jazz, the “floral creativity” of Thomas Hobbs, local cuisine from Edible Canada, Mark Anthony wines from BC, and unique auction items.
Tickets for the Bloom Gala are $195 and group sales are available. Proceeds will support the garden’s educational programs.
The new visitor centre joins the restaurant and garden shop on the 55 acre grounds. According to organizers, the event is geared toward botanists, builders, gardeners, artists, birdwatchers, epicureans, golfers, landscapers, and more. Learn about sustainable gardening practices, conservation, and more while you support this urban oasis.
VanDusen is located at 5251 Oak Street at West 37th in Vancouver. Find them on Facebook for additional and seasonal event information, and join them for their popular Festival of Lights this winter.