Free Admission to the Jewel Box of Lights!

Enjoy one free admission to the Jewel Box of Lights when a second admission of equal or greater value is purchased!

 

If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the lush magic of the Jewel Box of Lights, this is a great opportunity! Click Here for Coupon or visit the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website: vancouverparks.ca

See You there!

Happy Holidays!

This year has been a phenomenal journey for the Bloedel Conservatory and all of its Friends!

We thank you all for your unwavering support and look forward to many more exciting and magical years under the Dome!

The Directors of Friends of the Bloedel send you Warmest Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season!

There are already great new programs gearing up to be launched early in the new year: “A Walk in the Topics” series that will begin January 18th and run the 3rd Tuesday of (almost) every month; HSBC Family Programs for families with children starts Saturday, January 22nd; and new Guided Seniors Tours will be getting underway in February. Stay tuned here for information and event updates!

Don’t miss the magic of the Jewel Box of Lights Event! The Conservatory is open late and the show is on until January 2!

Santa Arrives at Bloedel!

What a great night! Santa stopped by Bloedel yesterday to surprise the birds by filling their individually embroidered stockings a little early this year!

The fantastic Gardeners at Bloedel bringing all the birds together to meet Santa

Bloedel’s radiant evening display, “Jewel Box of Lights”, and its “Wishing Tree for the Birds” has been popularly embraced by the attending public with an outpouring of donations to help Santa fill the stockings for all resident birds who call the Conservatory home.

John Coupar, President of Friends of the Bloedel, hanging bird ornaments on the Wishing Tree

Santa arrives and greets children that have been waiting eagerly to meet him.

Santa meeting eagerly waiting children

Santa wasted no time getting busy to fill the stocking of all the birds! He had toys and treats and surprises for our feathered flock that should keep them busy well into the New Year!

Santa getting busy filling the stockings for the birds

Santa gets help from his elf under the careful watch of Casey the Amazon parrot and a young visitor

The Friends of Bloedel have sponsored the Jewel Box of Lights display in response to overwhelming public support to save the Conservatory and reinvigorate it with new events and educational programs. A Special Thank You to all the incredible donors, members, friends, families and supporters who have given so much to help us in our journey over the past year.

Aaron Jasper, Chair of the Vancouver Park Board, meeting Santa and showing support for Bloedel and the Jewel Box of Lights

Sarah Blythe, Park Board Commissioner, with Bloedel Head Gardener Anyes Romses meeting the birds and supporting the Jewel Box Event

Also, a big thank you goes out to the great staff at the Bloedel Conservatory, Southlands Nursery, Creative Embroidery, B & B Printing, Xoxolat Chocolate and of course Santa Claus and his Elf for their wonderful support to help make the Jewel Box of Lights a success this year!

The Jewel Box of Lights Event runs until January 2nd, 2011

Sunday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm

Happy Holidays!

Christmas is for the Birds!

Santa will be stopping to fill the stockings for all the parrots and other free flying birds that reside under the dome!

Saturday, December 18th at 4:30 pm

Bloedel’s radiant evening display, “Jewel Box of Lights”, and its “Wishing Tree for the Birds” has been popularly embraced by the attending public with an outpouring of donations to fill the stockings for all resident birds who call the Conservatory home.

On Saturday, December 18th, Santa Claus will stop by Bloedel Conservatory at 4:30 pm and then surprise all the feathered fowl by filling their individually embroidered stockings a little early this year.

The Friends of Bloedel have sponsored the Jewel Box of Lights display in response to overwhelming public support to save the Conservatory and reinvigorate it with new events and educational programs.

Join us for this special visit from Santa!

6 Top Reasons to Visit the Jewel Box of Lights!

“Bloedel is a Jewel Box as are the stars, and at Queen Elizabeth Park, you can almost touch the heavens on a clear night” ~ T. Clark

#1:  It’s Warm Inside!

Take a break from the rainy winter weather outside! Step inside, shed your rain jacket and take in the lush tropical wonderland. It’s like a mini-trip to a Costa Rica without the expense of a plane ticket!

#2: The new expanded Light Display is magical!

The staff at Bloedel pulled out all the stops for the 41st Anniversary of the Conservatory! The tropical plant kingdom under the dome has been transformed into a glowing magical masterpiece! Twinkling waterfalls of lights and special laser effects are a must see this year. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate from The Blue Parrot Coffee Hut outside and come in to enjoy the show. To see the lights at their full brilliance, plan a visit at 4 pm or later. Extended hours are in effect until January 2nd: Sunday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Friday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm.

#3: It’s Unique!

“I’ve walked around this pathway multiple times today and I see something new every single time!”

This was a common comment from visitors last Sunday at our Opening Event! The gardeners at Bloedel have worked very hard to keep plant displays top notch this season. Just like a real rainforest, there is so much to see! Not only are the lights spectacular,  but look high up in the trees! See real papaya, figs and bananas growing, then see if you can find the poinsettias with rhinestones on the tips of their petals. Of course the free flying birds are always on the move, so you are likely to spot one that you have not seen before.

#4: The Conservatory is great for kids of all ages!

Children and seniors especially love Bloedel because you can get up close to the beautiful and exotic birds! See Clyde, the rare Eastern Rosella Parrot, happily munch an apple at the feeding station, while many of the Zebra finches, Laughing Thrushes, and colourful Chinese Pheasants wander along the pathway. Perfect to stop and take photos of our beautiful feathered friends. And we encourage you to stop and smell the flowers!

Bloedel is fully wheelchair accessible, so it’s easy to sit close to the parrots and macaws and watch their antics or have a chat! Handy Bird Guides and Scavenger Hunts are available at the front counter. A trip to Bloedel is a great outing for the whole family!

#5: Destress during the holidays!

Feeling exhausted and stressed from holiday preparations? Did you know Bloedel is a healing garden? Not only are the festive lights a joy to look at, but hearing the sound of the waterfall, the birds happily chattering, and taking in the warmth and greenery of the dome will naturally unwind and relax you. Studies show spending time in gardens and green space not only lowers your blood pressure, but it actually decreases stress hormones in your body! Come for a visit, find a bench, take a deep breath and re-charge your energy!

#6: The price is right!

This is the best admission price in the city of Vancouver! $5.35 for Adults; Seniors & Youth $3.75; Kids 6-12  $2.70; Preschoolers – Free. Be sure to enter from the 33rd and Ontario Street entrance to avoid the construction.


The Jewel Box of Lights Event runs until January 2nd, 2011

Sunday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm

Come in and see us today!

Aviva Competition Semi-final Round

URGENT!

We need your help in the Aviva Semi-final Competition!

Please VOTE today!!

With your help, ‘Of Birds and Botany’ sailed through the first round of the competition back in October. Voting for the Semi-finals is happening right now (until December 15) and we need your help again! We must place in the top 30 to move forward to the Final round.

You can help us win $25,000 for education programs at Bloedel!

Vote here: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf6547


The Aviva competition was created to help make a positive impact in Canadian communities – through providing education, youth programs, and helping the environment. If we’re successful, the VBGA will work with teachers, the Friends of the Bloedel Association, members and other community partners to design programs for kids and families in areas of ecology, conservation, botany and birds.

If you haven’t already registered, it’s quick and easy. Everyone receives 10 votes – and you can cast your vote once a day, everyday! If you voted in the last round, you are all set to go!

Simply visit http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf6547

Thank you for your support!

Together we are making great things happen!


Don’t forget to join us for the

Jewel Box of Lights

Sunday December 5th, 11 am ~ 4 pm!