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A Walk in Spring Gardens

When I was young, it was a family tradition that on Easter Sunday, after church, we’d head down to Stanley Park, dressed in our new Easter clothes, to browse among the flower gardens.

Vancouver is blessed with many lovely parks, so no matter where you are it’s easy to find a place to enjoy the early Spring blooms. 

Stanley Park is one big garden.  There are various planted areas in the Park starting at the Rose Garden, just a short walk from the Georgia Street entrance.  There are flower beds around the Dining Pavilion, Parks Board offices and the Beach Street entrance where you’ll find beds of tulips.  And the Ted and Mary Grieg Rhododendron Garden is bursting into bloom. For information about the Stanley Park Gardens click here

Queen Elizabeth Park is the second most visited park in Vancouver.  It used to be a quarry and has been turned into a beautiful garden park with twisting trails winding through the shrubbery and  flower beds. Thousands of spring flowering bulbs are planted among azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias and primulas. Visitors are treated to a constant display of flowers from April to October.  If you want to check out some more tropical plants, visit the Bloedel Floral Conservatoryin the Park.  For information about activities and attractions in the Queen Elizabeth Park click here 

There are plenty of early blooms in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  You can go on your own or join a guided walking tour daily at 2 pm (plus Wednesday at 10.30 am). For disabled or seniors, every day at 1,2,&3 pm. Advance booking suggested. 604-257-8666 .  Group tours must be booked in advance by calling 604-257-8666.

At this time of year, you’ll find rhododendrons, hellebores, camellias, magnolias, pacific dogwood and lots of spring flowering bulbs. The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens is open during April daily 10 am – 6 pm. 

Admission:  Free to members.  Adults $9.25; Seniors and Students $6.75; Children 6 – 12, $5.00. Family rates available: $21.25 for 2 adults, 2 children. 

VanDusen Botanical Gardens also has a number of special events scheduled for the month of April:  

  • The annual Vancouver Dahlia society Tuber Sale in the Floral Hall, Saturday April 3 at 1pm to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Admission by donation.
  • On April 8 the Cedar Series Lecture, Across the Grain: The Nature of Wood” with Dr. Jack Fisher, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, is in the Floral Hall at 7.30 pm (tickets in advance from the Administration Office or subject to availability at the door.  $10 for members, $15 non-members.)
  • Alpine Garden Club of BC Annual Spring Show is in the Floral Hall, Saturday April 10 noon to 4 pm and Sunday April 11, 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission
  • If  you like to participate in Bike the Blossoms on April 17, 10 am to 4.30 pm, enter at the west end of the Parking Lot.  You’ll receive a special discount on Garden admission for this day.  Enter via Gate 2 and be preregistered with this event.  There will be a bike valet at Gate 1 to accommodate participants.  For information click here
  • BC Fuchsia & Begonia Society annual Plant, Bake & Craft Sale is in the Floral Hall on April 17 from 10 am to 3 pm. Free admission.
  • Pt Grey Chrysanthemum Association Plant sale is in the covered walkway, 10 am – 1 pm April 17, free admission.
  • Families with children 5 – 11 years can Celebrate Earth Day at VanDusen by investigating the Garden and the importance of preserving our natural world.  This program takes place Saturday April 24 with two sessions: 10/30 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Price: Member Family $10; Non-Member Family $15 (includes admission to the Garden) children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required: 604-718-5898 or familyprograms@vandusen.org

So come on down to the Parks and Gardens and celebrate Spring among the flowers.

HOW TO GET TO THE PARKS & GARDENS:

STANLEY PARK   enter the Park from Georgia Street past Denman St. or Beach Avenue. Or take the #19 bus right into the Park.

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK  Cambie Street at West 33rd Ave.  Or take Bus #15 from downtown or on Cambie Street.

VAN DUSEN BOTANICAL GARDENS 5251 Oak Street at W. 37th Ave. Or take bust #17 UBC up Oak Street.

PHOTOS by W.Ruth Kozak

3 places are mentioned in this post!
  1. The 53 ha (130 acre) Queen Elizabeth Park extends up the slopes of Little
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