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VanDusen Botanical Garden for Fall

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:09pm PDT
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VanDusen Botanical Garden is celebrating the first anniversary of its award-winning Visitor Centre that is self-sufficient, carbon neutral, and has LEED Platinum certification. The Visitor Centre has meeting space, the garden’s gift shop, and Truffles Cafe. It’s your first stop on your self-guided tour of the 55 acre garden that has over 50 points of interest.

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Perennials, oaks, beeches, the Korean Pavilion, Canadian Heritage Garden, Meditation Garden, the maze, Sino-Himalayan Garden, fern dell, conifers, Japanese Maples, bamboos, yews, the rock garden, Livingston Lake, Heron Lake, and Shaughnessy Lake are all attractions.

Since VanDusen is one of my favourite places to photograph and enjoy fall colours in Vancouver, I’m giving away a 4-pack of admission tickets to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win passes to enjoy the colours of the season at @VanDusenGdn from @Miss604

VanDusen is open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm in October, and 10:00am to 4:00pm in November and December. They host themed events year-round such as the Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt, Sakura Day Japan Fair, Little Spooks and Friendly Ghosts, and the very popular Festival of Lights in December.

I will draw one winner next Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:00pm. Tickets are valid until the end of 2012 but are not valid during the Festival of Lights.

Update The winner is Zaelia Blue!

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  1. Christine McDonald says:

    Would love to see the new changes and the garden in all its splendour

  2. Vanessa says:

    My fiancΓ© and I are planning to go there for our anniversary! Thanks for the chance to score free tickets. πŸ™‚

  3. Olivia says:

    Would love to check out the VanDusen Garden! It’s been ages since i’ve last went.

  4. Dora says:

    I love fall colors! Would love to check them out for free πŸ˜‰

  5. Nancy says:

    Small correction Rebecca – the VanDusen Visitor centre is already LEED Platinum Certified. It is now in process to receive ‘Living Building’ certification, only the 4th building in the world to obtain that designation. ‘Living Building’ is above LEED Platinum.

  6. Jenn Ferguson says:

    Great giveaway! I’ve never been and would love to take my hubby and newborn for a walk through the fall leaves.

  7. Samantha says:

    Van Dusen is my favourite place in Vancouver hands down

  8. Sheila says:

    my fav place to take pics……..would love to see how the garden looks all dressed in the fall colours!

  9. Chaminda says:

    Hope I can take my family there…

  10. Carol says:

    The photos of the gardens are beautiful. I would love to win this to actually go to the gardens.

  11. Lindsay says:

    What a beautiful place! I would love to spend the day checking this out with my mom and sister.

  12. Amber Dawn says:

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’ve still never been to Van Dusen! I so want to though.

  13. Shirley says:

    I last went many years during the Festival of Lights

  14. Jeff says:

    I love Van Dusen!

  15. Daniel says:

    Would love to win tickets! Thanks!

  16. Shelley says:

    It would be nice to go at Christmas time to see all the lights.

  17. Dana says:

    VanDusen is great

  18. Linda says:

    I like visiting VanDusen with my mom.

  19. Hayley says:

    My best friend from Oregon will be visiting soon and I would love to take her to this place.

  20. malcolm hebert says:

    count me in. Never been on a date to the gardens

  21. Vanessa says:

    I would love to win! I have never been. It looks so beautiful!

  22. Taruna Goel says:

    Wow! The photos of VanDusen Garden are so amazing…it is like heaven on Earth. I am blessed to live in Vancouver and I’d be even more blessed if I can get a chance to actually absorb all the colors of nature with my own eyes! Thank you for the opportunity. (PS: I just did a manicure inspired by the colors of the garden…wish I could attach a pic! )

  23. luc says:

    Pretty colors!

  24. Zaelia Blue says:

    I haven’t been since the new visitor centre was built. Would love to check it out and enjoy the fall colours!

  25. katie borrett says:

    would so love to go…..i am a broke student and am dying for a night out!

  26. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to see the fall colours with these tickets!

  27. Ruth says:

    Oh how I love Van Dusen! I’m hoping to take a day off work to visit it at my leisure one day soon

  28. parker says:

    Van Dusen is one of my favourite places in Vancouver, and I love the new building!!!

  29. Deborah Smart says:

    I would love to see and take pictures of Van Dusen gardens in fall colour! I would take the daughter of a friend of mine as she is a budding, amazing photographer πŸ™‚

  30. Belinda says:

    I have always wonder what it was like in Van Dusen Gardens.

  31. Jacky says:

    I would love to visit the Vandusen gardens!

  32. Jenn S says:

    Love the changing colours of fall

  33. Chris says:

    Amazing reds and oranges.

  34. Ro says:

    Love the Festival of Lights but it would be great to see the gardens at another time in the year!

  35. Sze says:

    It would be nice to go in the fall.

  36. michael says:

    I haven’t been there in many many years!

  37. Erin says:

    I’d love to see the gardens in the Fall!

  38. Megan says:

    yes please

  39. Kelvin says:

    Looks like fun!

  40. tania says:

    sounds wonderful!

  41. rino says:

    VanDusen is great

  42. KittyPride says:

    Van Dusen is a super place to visit!

  43. Michelle says:

    Love photographing fall colours! This would be the perfect chance πŸ˜€

  44. Val says:

    I love to check out the artists who are painting the Gardens.

  45. Sherie says:

    Would love to visit – haven’t been there in ages!

  46. Sevie says:

    I would love to take a nice walk in this garden!

  47. Breanne says:

    Would love to go! Thx

  48. Stephanie S says:

    I would love to bring my boyfriend here πŸ™‚

  49. mary says:

    great giveaway!

  50. Heather says:

    Would love to go to VanDusen Gardens. Never been.

  51. Donna says:

    I must confess as a Vancouver born & raised resident, I haven’t been to the garden. Only the restaurant… This would give me an opportunity check out the beautiful setting that everyone talks about!

  52. Liam says:

    What a beaut!!

  53. liz says:

    I have not been since the recent renos,but I love the smell of the maple sugar when you walk through that part of the gardens.My 3 kids also adore the maze!A great family activity.

  54. Leana says:

    Love this!!

  55. Stephanie says:

    Sounds wonderful.

  56. Jackie says:

    Would love to see VanDusen this time of year!

  57. Paulo Rech says:

    I would love to go to the Van dusen park to photograph and see the fall colours! I’m from Brazil and have never been there! Thanks

  58. Krissy says:

    I’ve never been to VanDusen in the fall. I’d love to bring a friend!

  59. Lesley Mirza says:

    Would love to visit VanDusen gardens!

  60. Janice says:

    Great pics! Hope to see those sites in person πŸ˜‰

  61. Bonnie Melody says:

    I have only ever gone there for the festival of lights. I would love to check it out another time of year!

  62. Denbi says:

    I really like walking through VanDusen.

  63. Liz says:

    The family would enjoy this so much. Great contest!

  64. Erica says:

    I’ve never been in the fall but it’s probably gorgeous with all the fall colours! I would love to go!

  65. Jonathan says:

    I’d love to checkout the Botanical Gardens for my first fall in Vancouver, I hope I get to win this contest in order to do that!

  66. janet says:

    I would like to go to the Van Dusen Gardens and take some pretty autumn photos!

  67. janet says:

    I would like to go to the Van Dusen Gardens to take some pretty autumn photos.

  68. Mag says:

    I’d love to go.

  69. Carly says:

    Love the Van Dusen Gardens! I’ve only been for the Festival of Lights – hope to check out the fall colours!

  70. Rebecca says:

    Would be a great mother-daughter outing!

  71. Marianne says:

    Take in some surreal images!

  72. Nicole J says:

    I would love to check this out!! I’ve never been πŸ™‚

  73. Jana says:

    Van Dusen in Fall? YES YES Please yes:)

  74. Oddly, I have never been there. If I win, I am going to take a couple of my photog friends with me for a girls day out doing a photo walk. Autumn is my favourite season and this is a wonderful way to celebrate it. The best thing about living in BC is all the opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature. We live in paradise.

  75. Murray Atherton says:

    Just back from visiting so many amazing gardens in Southern England. Would love to see what we have in our own backyard!

  76. Dawn says:

    Fall natural beauty, my fave!

  77. Erica says:

    Oh the color of those leaves are so vibrant and gorgeous! I hate to lose summer and somewhat welcome rainy winter, but you have to really admit that Vancouver really has gorgeous nature’s painting with yellow, red, and many many more colours πŸ™‚ I went there once for my school related purpose but I would love to get those tickets to walk and seat on one of the benches πŸ™‚ <3

  78. Eric says:

    I’d love to win this! I need to enjoy the beauty of nature more often

  79. Annie says:

    One of my fav spots to take photos & enjoy what Vancouver has to offer!

  80. Amy Fast says:

    I’ve never been and would love to visit this amazing garden!

  81. Sharylin says:

    Going to VanDusen Botanical Garden and checking out their award-winning Visitor Centre would be a real bright spot in this dreary fall we’re having

  82. Julia says:

    My mom would love an outing like this!

  83. Vince says:

    nice day out.

  84. Gurj says:

    one of Vancouver’s great places to visit

  85. Mary says:

    would love to visit VanDusen! perfect way to celebrate an anniversary πŸ™‚

  86. Tara says:

    Ive only been for the Christmas lights before but love the fall colours so would love to check out the gardens at this time of year! Thanks!

  87. Michelle says:

    I never get tired of wandering around Van Dusen as it changes with the seasons. It’s a different experience every time you go.

  88. Gary says:

    This would be nice

  89. Heidi says:

    I’d never heard of this place! It sounds lovely.

  90. Mary T says:

    me and my camera would love to win some tix to Van Dusen!

  91. Peter T says:

    This would be a great win!

  92. Edgar says:

    This is a very nice garden indeed.

  93. Gigi says:

    Haven’t been in a long time!

  94. Wally says:

    It would be great for pictures if we can find a non-rainy day.

  95. Lexie says:

    I love Van Dusen!

  96. Ashley says:

    I’d love to visit the garden!

  97. Ashley says:

    I’d love to visit the garden!

  98. Amie says:

    I have never been! Looks beautiful!

  99. Elaine D says:

    I’d love to take my mom!

  100. Denise says:

    i would love to go here. I have lived in Vancouver all my life and never been there.

  101. HarjitCh says:

    Never been to VanDusen Botanical Gardens! Love all the season’s changing except err the cooling temperatures, but the beautiful colors on the trees make Fall strolls and drives worthwhile.

  102. Ray Maddly says:

    Would be wonderful to win.

  103. Joyce says:

    Fall is such a pretty season!

  104. Jo-Anne says:

    A favorite Vancouver attraction! Love the changing seasons of our city.

  105. Jan says:

    I would love to win tickets

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