In the last few weeks I ventured out to some gardens around Vancouver. First the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, then the Stanley Park Rose Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden. The bright colours, soft tones, sun-kissed petals and fragrant boughs were rejuvenating after so much time in isolation at home. To brighten your screens and hopefully inspire you to partake in your own outdoor adventure, here are some of my photos of these experiences:
Colours of the Season at Gardens Around Vancouver
Chilliwack Sunflower Experience
The last day day is September 13th so you have one more weekend to book tickets online in advance and visit this photo op extravaganza!
Stanley Park Rose Garden
Free admission year-round, there is still a lot in bloom right now including an impressive grove of dahlias to the north of the garden near the driveway to the Pavilion. Stop by the Shakespeare Garden nearby too, on the west side of Pipeline Road. When you’re done looking around, visit Stanley’s Bar and Grill for a refreshment on the patio.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Open daily 11:00am to 5:45pm, book your tickets and entry time slot in advance online. With COVID safety measures in place there is lots of room to move around the 55 acres of flowers, trees, lawns, waterfalls and sculptures. Parking will also not be a problem at all!
Thanks to my longtime partner Honda Canada for the use of an Acura ILX for the week so I could get to these spots. Along with the comfort of the ride (and the ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System and Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control) the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies made highway driving a breeze. Blind spot detection, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and my favourite: Adaptive Cruise Control.
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