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VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Canada - British Columbia - Vancouver

Institution Code: VAND

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Laburnum Walk (Laburnum × watereri 'Vossii') in spring. By Nancy Wong.
Laburnum Walk (Laburnum × watereri 'Vossii') in spring. By Nancy Wong.

About the VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden is jointly operated by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA) and the Vancouver Park Board, a department of the City of Vancouver.

Main Address:
VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street
British Columbia V6M 4H1 Canada

Telephone: (604) 257-8666
Fax: (604) 267-8679
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Guy Pottinger (Acting)
    Curator's Name: Cynthia Sayre, Curator of Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Samantha Sivertz, Plant Documentation Technician
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 8

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1971
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 22 Hectares
  • Total Area: 22 Hectares
    Latitude: 49.23913
    Longitude: -123.13188
    Annual Rainfall: 1118 mm
    Altitude: 128.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Bloedel Conservatory
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: 5251 Oak Street (at 37th Avenue)
  • Locality: City: Vancouver
  • Locality: State: British Columbia

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 157000
    Number of Volunteers: 500

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 11987
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 7863
  • Special Collections:Ericaceae (1093 taxa); Rosaceae (681 taxa); Cupressaceae (138 taxa including former Taxodiaceae); Magnolia (81 taxa); Pinus (64 taxa); Rhododendron (768 taxa); Calluna (76 taxa); Fagus (26 taxa); Hydrangea (66 taxa)
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes