Garden Fever Postponed!

We are postponing Garden Fever, a silent auction to support the Bloedel Floral Conservatory that was set to take place Thursday June 24th, until early fall.

We thought we’d be a lot further along in the Expression of Interest process to save our green oasis and have some announcements to make at Garden Fever, but things are moving a bit slower we thought.

Tickets already purchased for the event will be refunded and those bought on credit card will not be processed.

We have some marvelous silent auction items that will keep just fine until our next event, so stayed tuned and we look forward to seeing you then!

Garden Fever!

Kick off the Summer with Garden Fever!

A great evening of music, wine and SHOPPING is planned in support of Saving our Beloved Floral Conservatory June 24!

Come enjoy hor d’oeuvres, sparkling wine from Sumac Ridge and be transported on a mini vacation by lively Jamaican steel drum music at this fun Silent Auction! Great items are ‘on the block’ for purchase: Private Garden and Canopy Walkway tours, art and photography, classes, workshops, Chocolate 101 for 12 by Xoxolat Chocolaterie and much much more! All funds raised will go directly to preserve and protect the Bloedel Conservatory for future generations.

When? June 24, 2010: 7pm – 9:30pm

Where? VanDusen Garden Floral Hall

You can Order Tickets in a number of ways: ($50 each/2 for $75)

Call or Stop by Hobb’s Gifts: 2129 W. 41st Ave, Kerrisdale / 604-261-5988

Call or Stop by VanDusen Administration Office: VanDusen Garden Floral Hall / 604-257-8666 (Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 4:30pm)

Or Online:

See you there!

THANK YOU to All Our Supporters!

We are sending a heartfelt


to each and every person who has helped

Save the Bloedel Conservatory!

Every donation, big and small, has helped us in our efforts. How?

Most importantly, we have kept the Conservatory open past the closure deadline! If events had continued along the original path, the doors to Bloedel would have closed forever back on March 1, 2010. Together, we have kept the Bloedel Conservatory open at least until September, 2010.

Next, we have had marketing underway for a few months now – and it is really paying off! Attendance at the Conservatory has consistently doubled or tripled every month since December. More and more people are re-discovering the beauty and the magic held within the dome. This is great news! Right now Bloedel is breaking even!! Your donations have helped make this possible! If 70,000 more people visit annually the operating deficit is history! Please keep visiting, bringing your friends and helping us spread the word!

What else? We have put on two great Events (and raised over $45,000)! ‘Garden Fever’, our next event is planned for June 24th at the VanDusen Floral Hall. We have a fun-filled Silent Auction set to go with many great gifts ‘on the block’ including, private wine tastings, art, photography, private garden tours and more!

Also, true to the mandate for Friends of the Bloedel, we have undertaken legal research to help protect the Bloedel Conservatory well into the future.

Together we have started to make a big difference!

From all of the birds and plants under the dome, and especially from Friends of the Bloedel,

We thank you again for your tremendous support!

News Update on the EOI: Our Expression of Interest is still being considered by the Vancouver Park Board. Join us at the Public Meeting June 15th, 2010 at the Park Board office Boardroom (2099 Beach Avenue @ 6:30) and show your support for our proposal to partner with VanDusen Garden Botanical Association. We are offering to work collaboratively with the Park Board to keep the Bloedel Floral Conservatory open and in public hands for generations to come, but the final decision is still pending. For more information, visit

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