VanDusen Botanical Garden

This week we had time for a visit to VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver before attending to other business.  Often I find public gardens too rigid and formal for my taste, but this garden was quite a pleasant surprise! There was so much variety, interesting sculptures, fabulous trees too, in spite of a recent wind storm which left loads of debris for crews to clean up. We spent a good hour and a half walking about…taking a self-guided tour. I could easily spend more time there too! We certainly did not explore everything. We had a choice of restaurants for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meal in the less pricey spot. There is a small plant shop as well.

We began our tour in the ornamental grass area next to a lovely lake. Crossing a bridge we also saw gardens  representing geographic areas of the world: The Southern Hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand, South African and more. We walked through a grotto and enjoyed a heather garden as well.

On another visit we would like to take in the maze, the meconopsis dell,  a fern dell,  the vegetable gardens, the witch hazel collection and more! I’ll share some of this season’s sights below.

The Entry

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Pyracantha

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Succulant containers on the patio.

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Livingstone Lake

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Sculpture by the lake

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Across the path from the lake

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Beside the lake

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The ornamental grasses

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Scene across the lake

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Following the path along the lake we see ducks and carp…

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To the left of the path we see interesting trees and shrubs. This is a weeping willowleaf pear.

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I found no identification for this oddity.

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We walked through a grotto

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and arrived at the Heather Garden.
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Beyond the Heathers, a mass of red Fuchsia and other color!

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A dangling hydrangea. (I don’t know the variety)

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Cyclamen

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Acanthus

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Another peaceful water scene.

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Redwoods…

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Rocks and ferns and water in motion

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I fell in love with these trees

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We passed a huge stand of Tricyrtis…

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On our way to the Korean Pavillion, we saw Kirengeshoma koreana in bloom.

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As we followed the path, we saw many Hydrangea varieities in bloom. This was stunning!

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We followed the path for a while and arrived at this very different scene with bananas and vivid colors!

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We are returning to the beginning of our walk…

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Some more containers, this time with pitcher plants!

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And then a goodbye to the sculpture we had seen from a different angle.

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*****

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Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
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7 Responses to VanDusen Botanical Garden

  1. Marsha says:

    Lovely. Enjoyed the walk.

  2. This garden is certainly worth a repeat visit as
    the seasons change.

  3. Alice says:

    Wonderful! How far are you from Vancouver? Another visit should be scheduled soon so you can share your wonderful photos!

  4. Barry says:

    A wonderful visit Marie! Indeed, you mentioned Meconopsis dell as another visit… on that note took advantage of a LH sale to stock up on them and a trio of Cypripedium for beneath my golden redwood! Fingers crossed. Have you Meconopsis on the property yet?

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