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.
Succulant containers on the patio.
Sculpture by the lake
Across the path from the lake
Beside the lake
The ornamental grasses
Scene across the lake
Following the path along the lake we see ducks and carp…
To the left of the path we see interesting trees and shrubs. This is a weeping willowleaf pear.
I found no identification for this oddity.
We walked through a grotto
Beyond the Heathers, a mass of red Fuchsia and other color!
A dangling hydrangea. (I don’t know the variety)
Another peaceful water scene.
Rocks and ferns and water in motion
I fell in love with these trees
We passed a huge stand of Tricyrtis…
On our way to the Korean Pavillion, we saw Kirengeshoma koreana in bloom.
As we followed the path, we saw many Hydrangea varieities in bloom. This was stunning!
We followed the path for a while and arrived at this very different scene with bananas and vivid colors!
We are returning to the beginning of our walk…
Some more containers, this time with pitcher plants!
And then a goodbye to the sculpture we had seen from a different angle.