Vancouver Botanical Gardens

Stanley Park The iconic Stanley Park – named Best Park in the World by TripAdvisor in 2014 – offers much to do and see. At North America’s third largest city park, visitors can walk underneath the forest’s towering canopy and watch marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium. Bike or blade the seawall – this 8.8-km/5.5-mi paved path hugs the water’s edge and encircles the entire park. Kids will love the water spray-park, petting zoo, and Christmas time activities. The park is also home to several gardens, including the Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, the Stanley Park Rose Garden, a community garden, and the city’s first public garden, a rock garden that was started in 1911. Stanley Park is within walking distance of downtown. Garden with a View As the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park (standing 152m/501ft above sea-level) offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the cityscape and mountains. This 52-ha/130-ac well-manicured park has formal gardens, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and large art sculptures. See exotic birds and tropical flora in the rainforest, subtropical and desert biomes at the Bloedel Conservatory, 15 minutes from downtown. Asian Gardens The Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden is known as one of the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. Maples, cherry trees, azaleas and irises line the walkways. A reflecting pond with colourful koi fish, waterfalls and stone lanterns add to the serene landscape. Sip a cup of tea, served traditionally, at the ceremonial tea house (reservations required). Located at the University of British Columbia, about 20 minutes from downtown. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Chinatown is the first authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Covered walkways, intricate wood lattices and traditional Chinese pagodas make up the garden’s exquisite architecture. Sit by the pond to watch the turtles, or admire the verdant foliage. Within walking distance of downtown. Another classical Chinese Garden is found at the architecturally stunning International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Walk among bonsai plants, stroll past a lotus flower pond, or rest in the traditional Chinese gazebo. Botanical Gardens Prefer a more exotic garden experience? The VanDusen Botanical Garden (about 10 minutes from downtown) boasts more than 255,000 plants from around the world and more than 65 varieties of birds throughout the year. With 22ha/55ac of trees, mazes, labyrinths, flower beds, tranquil lakes and rolling lawns, the garden is truly a green sanctuary in the heart of the city. UBC Botanical Garden combines relaxation with education. Different themed gardens contain an impressive array of flowers and plants from all parts of the world including the Andes, coastal Morroco and Tibet. See a bird’s eye view of the treetops from the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, a 308-m/1,010-ft “aerial trail system” that reaches heights of 17.5m/57ft. Located 20 minutes by car from downtown.Read Lessvancouver botanical gardens 1Neighborhood Profile Shaughnessy Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries. Explore this neighborhoodvancouver botanical gardens 2Shaughnessy Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries.vancouver botanical gardens 3Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries.vancouver botanical gardens 4VanDusen Botanical Garden is situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Named for local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen, it has been a public garden since its opening on August 30, 1975. The garden is managed by the Vancouver Park Board and run by an administrative staff bolstered by approximately 1600 volunteers and 9 full-time gardeners with seasonal interns.vancouver botanical gardens 5In 1970 the Vancouver Foundation, the provincial government, and the city of Vancouver signed an agreement to develop a public garden on part of the old Shaughnessy Golf Course. An early decision not to partake in scientific research enabled the channelling of funds and energy into garden construction and released the staff from the responsibility of building research collections or a herbarium. However, there is a specialized reference library in the new building (a LEED Platinum standard “living building” which opened in November 2011).vancouver botanical gardens 6Susan C Vancouver, Canada Level Contributor 108 reviews 43 attraction reviews 21 helpful votes “Marvellous gardens to visit anytime, magical at Christmas” Reviewed 3 weeks ago We had the good fortune to head to the gardens one evening just after new year's! The million lights were ablaze with music aligned to their pulsating sparkle. Wonderful family experience. Helpful? Thank Susan C Reportvancouver botanical gardens 7As the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park (standing 152m/501ft above sea-level) offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the cityscape and mountains. This 52-ha/130-ac well-manicured park has formal gardens, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and large art sculptures. See exotic birds and tropical flora in the rainforest, subtropical and desert biomes at the Bloedel Conservatory, 15 minutes from downtown.vancouver botanical gardens 8UBC Botanical Garden combines relaxation with education. Different themed gardens contain an impressive array of flowers and plants from all parts of the world including the Andes, coastal Morroco and Tibet. See a bird’s eye view of the treetops from the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, a 308-m/1,010-ft “aerial trail system” that reaches heights of 17.5m/57ft. Located 20 minutes by car from downtown.vancouver botanical gardens 9ahha2014 Vancouver, Canada Level Contributor 55 reviews 37 attraction reviews 8 helpful votes “A little walk and a little lunch” Reviewed January 17, 2017 Seeing the lights and walking around was great. It was cold and snowy but spectacular to see all the lights at Christmas.Then we stopped for a coffee and quiche Helpful? 1 Thank ahha2014 Reportvancouver botanical gardens 10The iconic Stanley Park – named Best Park in the World by TripAdvisor in 2014 – offers much to do and see. At North America’s third largest city park, visitors can walk underneath the forest’s towering canopy and watch marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium. Bike or blade the seawall – this 8.8-km/5.5-mi paved path hugs the water’s edge and encircles the entire park. Kids will love the water spray-park, petting zoo, and Christmas time activities.vancouver botanical gardens 11Another classical Chinese Garden is found at the architecturally stunning International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Walk among bonsai plants, stroll past a lotus flower pond, or rest in the traditional Chinese gazebo.vancouver botanical gardens 12Prefer a more exotic garden experience? The VanDusen Botanical Garden (about 10 minutes from downtown) boasts more than 255,000 plants from around the world and more than 65 varieties of birds throughout the year. With 22ha/55ac of trees, mazes, labyrinths, flower beds, tranquil lakes and rolling lawns, the garden is truly a green sanctuary in the heart of the city.vancouver botanical gardens 13Be inspired by VanDusen Botanical Garden’s 22 hectares of elegant landscapes with plant species representing ecosystems ranging from the Himalayas to the Mediterranean, from Louisiana swamps to the Pacific Northwest. The Garden’s stunning Visitor Centre — with its orchid-inspired design — is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, and a model of sustainability.vancouver botanical gardens 14The park is also home to several gardens, including the Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, the Stanley Park Rose Garden, a community garden, and the city’s first public garden, a rock garden that was started in 1911. Stanley Park is within walking distance of downtown.vancouver botanical gardens 15The Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden is known as one of the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. Maples, cherry trees, azaleas and irises line the walkways. A reflecting pond with colourful koi fish, waterfalls and stone lanterns add to the serene landscape. Sip a cup of tea, served traditionally, at the ceremonial tea house (reservations required). Located at the University of British Columbia, about 20 minutes from downtown.

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