VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver

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5251 Oak Street, Vancouver (604) 878-9274

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    55 acres of lush temperate paradise

    by Carmanah Updated Jun 27, 2007

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    Vancouver's wet climate produces some of the most lush gardens in North America. Because of the climate and the mild temperatures, Vancouver's gardens are vibrant and green year round. This is unlike elsewhere in Canada where you'd normally only pay to see gardens in the spring and summer. Vancouver's mild temperatures means that you can visit even in the middle of winter and there will be plenty of living plants and flowers to see. Every season offers something very different, which adds to this garden's diversity.

    If you enjoy gardens, flowers, and botany, then definitely look into visiting VanDusen Gardens. Although a lot of tourists only know about Vancouver Island's Butchart Gardens, VanDusen is much closer, it's the exact same size, but it lacks the crowds. Though both are very different, you feel like you can truly get lost in VanDusen and at times, feels like you have all 55 acres to yourself.

    VanDusen is more than just aesthetics. It's also set up like a "living museum". All their plant collections are scientifically organized, carefully documented and labeled. The 55 acres are organized into diverse themes, so as you walk throughout the gardens, some are reminiscent of Asia, while others are reminiscent of Europe. Some areas offer tranquil waterways with weeping willows and waterfalls. Others offer the rain forest, with lush ferns underneath a canopy of cedars. Of course, there's also the occasional surprise like the hedge maze!

    VanDusen has a restaurant called Shaughnessy, though I've never eaten there. They also have a very charming gift shop. There are also special events throughout the year like plant sales, plant shows, and Christmas light displays. Know about these events ahead of time, otherwise it can get very busy. Otherwise, VanDusen is a very tranquil environment (especially so in the rain!). You need a minimum of 2 hours here to give it any justice.

    A floral abundance at VanDusen Botanical Garden! VanDusen's hedge maze The Korean temple at VanDusen Garden The pond in VanDusen Garden VanDusen flowers in May
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    flower power

    by Herwig1961 Written May 11, 2008

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    lovely arranged garden,beautiful flowers,interesting walking routes.I loved the Rhododendron walk a lot.22hectare garden with 7500 kinds of plants.A perfect place to relax.

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