VanDusen Botanical Garden for Fall

Comments 107 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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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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 McDonaldTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:16pm PDT

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

  2. VanessaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:18pm PDT

    My fiancé and I are planning to go there for our anniversary! Thanks for the chance to score free tickets. 🙂

  3. OliviaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:18pm PDT

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

  4. DoraTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:27pm PDT

    I love fall colors! Would love to check them out for free 😉

  5. NancyTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:30pm PDT

    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 FergusonTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:31pm PDT

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

  7. SamanthaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:34pm PDT

    Van Dusen is my favourite place in Vancouver hands down

  8. SheilaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:47pm PDT

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

  9. ChamindaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:51pm PDT

    Hope I can take my family there…

  10. CarolTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 1:59pm PDT

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

  11. LindsayTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 2:06pm PDT

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

  12. Amber DawnTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 2:53pm PDT

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

  13. ShirleyTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 3:06pm PDT

    I last went many years during the Festival of Lights

  14. JeffTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 3:11pm PDT

    I love Van Dusen!

  15. DanielTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 3:14pm PDT

    Would love to win tickets! Thanks!

  16. ShelleyTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 3:45pm PDT

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

  17. DanaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 5:20pm PDT

    VanDusen is great

  18. LindaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 6:58pm PDT

    I like visiting VanDusen with my mom.

  19. HayleyTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:23pm PDT

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

  20. malcolm hebertTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:23pm PDT

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

  21. VanessaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:24pm PDT

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

  22. Taruna GoelTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:26pm PDT

    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. lucTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:29pm PDT

    Pretty colors!

  24. Zaelia BlueTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:33pm PDT

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

  25. katie borrettTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 7:55pm PDT

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

  26. JanTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 8:30pm PDT

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

  27. RuthTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 8:33pm PDT

    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. parkerTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 8:38pm PDT

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

  29. Deborah SmartTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 10:10pm PDT

    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 🙂

  30. BelindaTuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 10:33pm PDT

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

  31. JackyWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 12:58am PDT

    I would love to visit the Vandusen gardens!

  32. Jenn SWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 3:34am PDT

    Love the changing colours of fall

  33. ChrisWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 7:25am PDT

    Amazing reds and oranges.

  34. RoWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 9:10am PDT

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

  35. SzeWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 9:29am PDT

    It would be nice to go in the fall.

  36. michaelWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:05am PDT

    I haven’t been there in many many years!

  37. ErinWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:13am PDT

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

  38. MeganWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:15am PDT

    yes please

  39. KelvinWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:28am PDT

    Looks like fun!

  40. taniaWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:37am PDT

    sounds wonderful!

  41. rinoWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:38am PDT

    VanDusen is great

  42. KittyPrideWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:52am PDT

    Van Dusen is a super place to visit!

  43. MichelleWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT

    Love photographing fall colours! This would be the perfect chance 😀

  44. ValWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 12:59pm PDT

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

  45. SherieWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 12:59pm PDT

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

  46. SevieWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 1:07pm PDT

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

  47. BreanneWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT

    Would love to go! Thx

  48. Stephanie SWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 1:42pm PDT

    I would love to bring my boyfriend here 🙂

  49. maryWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 3:42pm PDT

    great giveaway!

  50. HeatherWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 3:49pm PDT

    Would love to go to VanDusen Gardens. Never been.

  51. DonnaWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 4:07pm PDT

    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. LiamWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 4:25pm PDT

    What a beaut!!

  53. lizWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 4:28pm PDT

    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. LeanaWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 4:36pm PDT

    Love this!!

  55. StephanieWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 4:42pm PDT

    Sounds wonderful.

  56. JackieWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 7:59pm PDT

    Would love to see VanDusen this time of year!

  57. Paulo RechWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 8:08pm PDT

    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. KrissyWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 8:17pm PDT

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

  59. Lesley MirzaWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 8:49pm PDT

    Would love to visit VanDusen gardens!

  60. JaniceWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 9:53pm PDT

    Great pics! Hope to see those sites in person 😉

  61. Bonnie MelodyWednesday, October 24th, 2012 — 10:52pm PDT

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

  62. DenbiThursday, October 25th, 2012 — 7:43am PDT

    I really like walking through VanDusen.

  63. KThursday, October 25th, 2012 — 11:02am PDT

    pick me!

  64. LizThursday, October 25th, 2012 — 12:14pm PDT

    The family would enjoy this so much. Great contest!

  65. EricaThursday, October 25th, 2012 — 8:33pm PDT

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

  66. JonathanThursday, October 25th, 2012 — 11:57pm PDT

    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!

  67. janetFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 7:35am PDT

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

  68. janetFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 7:37am PDT

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

  69. MagFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    I’d love to go.

  70. CarlyFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 4:09pm PDT

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

  71. RebeccaFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 6:24pm PDT

    Would be a great mother-daughter outing!

  72. CGFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 7:55pm PDT


  73. MarianneFriday, October 26th, 2012 — 9:26pm PDT

    Take in some surreal images!

  74. Nicole JSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 9:44am PDT

    I would love to check this out!! I’ve never been 🙂

  75. JanaSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 10:26am PDT

    Van Dusen in Fall? YES YES Please yes:)

  76. Lelainia LloydSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 10:28am PDT

    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.

  77. Murray AthertonSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 10:37am PDT

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

  78. DawnSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 11:44am PDT

    Fall natural beauty, my fave!

  79. EricaSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 12:48pm PDT

    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 🙂 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 🙂 <3

  80. EricSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 12:50pm PDT

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

  81. AnnieSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 12:52pm PDT

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

  82. Amy FastSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 1:37pm PDT

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

  83. SharylinSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 1:59pm PDT

    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

  84. JuliaSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 3:13pm PDT

    My mom would love an outing like this!

  85. VinceSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 3:18pm PDT

    nice day out.

  86. GurjSaturday, October 27th, 2012 — 6:11pm PDT

    one of Vancouver’s great places to visit

  87. MarySunday, October 28th, 2012 — 4:50am PDT

    would love to visit VanDusen! perfect way to celebrate an anniversary 🙂

  88. TaraSunday, October 28th, 2012 — 12:51pm PDT

    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!

  89. MichelleSunday, October 28th, 2012 — 12:58pm PDT

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

  90. GarySunday, October 28th, 2012 — 2:39pm PDT

    This would be nice

  91. HeidiSunday, October 28th, 2012 — 3:07pm PDT

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

  92. Mary TMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:31am PDT

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

  93. Peter TMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:32am PDT

    This would be a great win!

  94. EdgarMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:35am PDT

    This is a very nice garden indeed.

  95. GigiMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 1:20pm PDT

    Haven’t been in a long time!

  96. WallyMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 1:45pm PDT

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

  97. LexieMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 8:38pm PDT

    I love Van Dusen!

  98. AshleyMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:17pm PDT

    I’d love to visit the garden!

  99. AshleyMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:17pm PDT

    I’d love to visit the garden!

  100. AmieMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:20pm PDT

    I have never been! Looks beautiful!

  101. Elaine DMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:23pm PDT

    I’d love to take my mom!

  102. DeniseMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:25pm PDT

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

  103. HarjitChMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 9:29pm PDT

    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.

  104. Ray MaddlyMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 10:17pm PDT

    Would be wonderful to win.

  105. JoyceMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 10:45pm PDT

    Fall is such a pretty season!

  106. Jo-AnneMonday, October 29th, 2012 — 11:36pm PDT

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

  107. JanTuesday, October 30th, 2012 — 6:21am PDT

    I would love to win tickets

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