Bloedel Conservatory Saved!

Eight months of very hard work, research, sleepless nights, and endless meetings have been offset by tremendous periods of encouragement and inspiration. The Friends of the Bloedel are so incredibly fortunate to have the support and backing of so many of YOU! People from across the lower mainland, Canada and abroad.


Together we have SAVED this magical place and its future looks very bright indeed!

We are so proud to make this announcement! Of course we will be organizing a ‘bash’ to celebrate and we hope to see each and everyone of you there! In the meantime, we’ll be sending out surveys for your input and ideas. Please take part as we continue move forward to re-engage the Conservatory with our communities, schools and visitors. Our work is really just beginning and as the Bloedel has begun to win back its audience, we will still need your help for its continued success. This is a very exciting time and we want you to be a part of it!

Thanks also to everyone who came to the Budgets and Special Services Committee meeting last night at the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. There were five Commissioners in attendance: Commissioners Aaron Jasper, Ian Robertson, Loretta Woodcock, Constance Barnes, and Sarah Blyth. Their vote was unanimous in favour of our proposal to partner with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association to help manage and operate the Conservatory.

This means that on September 20, 2010 the Vancouver Park Board will officially accept our FOBA/VBGA proposal at their full board meeting. Meanwhile, the Commissioners have directed Park Board staff to begin working with us on our plan to reinvigorate the Bloedel and improve attendance.

This journey to save the Bloedel Conservatory has been a collaborative effort and an exciting journey for us all! A special thank you goes out to Mavis Hnidy for having the insight to introduce John Coupar, Vicky Earle and Sheryl Hamilton – who by a stroke of sheer sychronicity back in November – all happened to be at the Conservatory, looking for a way to save it. That one small step set the wheels in motion in such tremendous ways! The Friends of the Bloedel Association was formed and we now look forward to a positive partnership with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Do join us as we continue to take part in the magic that is the Bloedel Conservatory!


  1. Bill McCreery said,

    July 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Congratulations to the FOB. Your dedication, good decisions & hard work have paid off. The future looks bright for Bloedel. It’s potential as an important educational, recreational Vancouver resource can now be realized.

    • July 26, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Many thanks Bill! Your insights were also instrumental in our success. We appreciate your support both behind the scenes and as a spokesperson at City Hall, the Park Board and Heritage Vancouver. This achievement is truly a collaborative effort!
      Vicky Earle
      Director, Friends of the Bloedel

  2. Irene Kehler said,

    July 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This is wonderful news! I’m so glad that you’ve been able to save the Bloedel Conservatory – my favourite and affordable tropical retreat in our gloomy Vancouver winters! I’m looking forward to visiting many more times.

    • July 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      Hello Irene!

      Saving the Bloedel really did take many people and support on so many levels! We all did this together! The Friends of Bloedel are thrilled to have been the organized voice and drive behind the effort.
      Yes, do go visit often (it’s such a great place to re-energize) and also watch for programs, workshops and events that we hope to begin offering soon!!

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