VanDusen Botanical Garden#6 in Best Things To Do in Vancouver
Often described by travelers as a hidden gem, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is spread across 55 acres in the center of Vancouver. Recent visitors called the garden very peaceful. The garden features several sections, including a stone garden and a hedge maze – a favorite among past visitors. But perhaps the most popular feature of VanDusen is the Laburnum Walk (pictured above), described on the garden's website as the most photographed area of its 55 acres. The path is made memorable by the yellow, chain-like blooms that hang from the Laburnum branches. Peak bloom for these plants occurs in mid-May but if you're not in Vancouver during their prime blooming period, check out what will be in season during your visit with this bloom calendar here.
You can explore all of the garden's meandering paths with a self-guided tour – pamphlets are available at the garden information desk. Docent-led tours (included in admission) are offered daily starting at 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from April through the end of October. From November to March, tours are provided every Sunday at 1 p.m. If all that walking makes you hungry, refuel at the two eateries located on-site, the Shaughnessy Restaurant and the Truffles Cafe.
You'll find VanDusen a little more than 2 miles southwest of downtown Vancouver. The gardens are open daily; hours and admission rates vary seasonally, but adults (ages 19 to 64) can expect to pay CA$8 to CA$11.25 (about $6 to $7.80). Consult the garden's website for the most up-to-date information on opening and closing times and admission prices.
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