With wanderlust in our blood, we sometimes overlook the beauty right in our own backyard. The other day, we played tourist in our own city – Vancouver, Canada – and visited the VanDusen Botanical Garden.
We smelled the sweet scent of soft pink rhodos (who knew some rhododendron varieties are scented!), tiptoed through (actually around) the tulips, learned about widow-maker trees that sprout 2.5 kilogram pine cones and stuck our noses almost right inside carnivore pitcher plants (which capture flies).
Free tours with trained volunteer docent guides are the best way to appreciate VanDusen Botanical Garden.
And, boy, did we luck out with having Malcolm Hunter as our guide! An absolute fount of knowledge, he entranced us for over three hours. Perhaps when you visit, you’ll be equally lucky with the guide you get.
Photos of VanDusen Botanical Garden
We’ll let these photos (ours were snapped on Janice’s phone) show the beauty of the gardens in spring…
About VanDusen Botanical Garden
- Open year-round, VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver.
- A former golf course, the garden opened in 1975 to the public and is managed by the Vancouver Park Board.
- You can see some 255,000 individual plants from around the world, including collections from tropical South Africa, the Himalayas and South America to Canada’s own Pacific Northwest region.
- Between April and October, free guided tours are offered daily starting at 2:00 p.m. In the winter, guided tours are only available on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Photos with our “Sand In My Suitcase” watermark are ours; other photos are courtesy of VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Do you appreciate the attractions of your own home city? Do you like visiting gardens?
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