VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Take some time to stop and smell the roses – literally!  If you’re looking for a relaxing day, head on over to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. This spectacular 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975.

VanDusen’s collection includes 11,500 accessioned plants representing more than 7,300 plant families and 255,000 individual plants from around the world. Their plant collections represent ecosystems that range from tropical South Africa, to the Himalayas, to the South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and Great Plains to plants native to our own Pacific Northwest.

The garden design features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in Sino Himalayan Garden. These areas are set amidst rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and dramatic rockwork with vistas of the mountains and Vancouver cityscape.

There is always something interesting to see, no matter what the season! My first trip there was also my first day in Vancouver! The hours for the month of May are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

2010 Admission Rates

Regular Admission Spring Summer
Apr 1- Jun 30
(incl. GST)
Jul 1-Sep 9
(incl. HST)
Adult (19-64) $9.25 $9.75
Senior (65+) $6.75 $7.25
Youth (13-18) $6.75 $7.25

Early-flowering bulbs (crocus, snowdrop, narcissus), Spring Heath, Early Rhododendrons, Helleborus and Camellias are the flowers that will be blooming in the month of May.

Have fun!

– Laura