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…
Photos that aren’t ours are courtesy of VanDusen Botanical Garden