Bloedel Conservatory / VanDusen Garden Map Now Online

Looking for BC Transit Bus / Canada Line information to visit the Bloedel Conservatory or VanDusen Botanical Garden? Are you on foot or cycling and need the best route between the gardens? The Bloedel Conservatory / VanDusen Garden Travel Map is now available. All nearby bus stops and travel times between the sites are colour coded and listed for your convenience. View online or download the Bloedel Conservatory_VanDusen Garden map .pdf to print or share with out of town visitors.

 

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Family Fun on Family Day at the Bloedel Conservatory!

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  February 9, 2015 from 10am to 5pm

Come discover a variety of fun and exciting rainforest activities at the Bloedel Conservatory on Family Day! Activities are planned throughout the day, including bird talks, ladybug and butterfly releases (including information about why they are good for your garden), feeding the finches and more. Our docents and gardeners will be on hand to share fascinating stories about all the birds and plants that call Bloedel home, as well as a Tropical Adaptations station that provides information about unique strategies rainforest plants use to survive in this unique climate. All are free with paid admission. See the detailed schedule below:

10am – Millet feeding for the Zebra Finches

11am – Ladybug release

12pm – Bird talk

12:30pm – Butterfly release by Metamorphic Farms

1pm – Bird talk

2pm – Lady bug release

2:30pm – Butterfly release by Metamorphic Farms

3pm – Bird talk

Tropical Adaptation station, Herb potting activities, and ‘Ask me’ Docent tables will be ongoing throughout the day.

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Admission Rates

Adults             $  6.50

Seniors            $  4.50

Youth (12-18)   $  4.50

Child  (3 -11)   $  3.25

Family Rate     $ 15.00

Members: Free

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The Bloedel Conservatory is fully wheelchair accessible, with benches along the pathway so it’s easy to sit close to the parrots to watch their antics or have a chat! Handy Bird Guides and Scavenger Hunts are available at the front counter. Treat the whole family to a stroll through the magical Bloedel Conservatory, our green jewel at the highest point in Vancouver. There will be lots to do to delight everyone at any age! See you there!

 

Wow! What a Year!

We welcome this guest post by John Coupar!

Dear Friends,

Wow! What a year for Friends of the Bloedel and the Bloedel Conservatory!

At the end of December last year we were faced with a determined Park Board and City Council which had cut the funding for our beloved Bloedel Conservatory. The future looked very grim indeed with the dome facing an eminent closure date of March 1, 2010. However, our hastily formed group Friends of the Bloedel and our founding Directors Sheryl Hamilton, Vicky Earle, Terri Clark, Tom Hobbs and myself were just beginning to fight.

The vote to close the Bloedel Conservatory was a seminal event. Friends of Bloedel hit the ground running. We focused on getting the message out to main stream media, social media … actually, anyone who would listen (or who had a contact that would listen). Basically, they were bombarded with information! Our group swelled in members and donations followed. Events were planned and executed successfully due to a tremendous group of volunteers and donors. It is clear to me that the planned closure of the Bloedel Conservatory was to be a horrific event. We realized that once it was gone, it could never be replaced – but it was more than that…

There was the realization that much of Vancouver’s incredible beauty is a result of the great horticultural tradition of the Vancouver Park Board. It is our cherished green spaces, parks and gardens that differentiates Vancouver’s look and feel from other cities. This did not happen by accident. It was a result of careful planning and true vision. To lose a piece of this beautiful legacy would have been a great tragedy. Eventually, through sheer determination and a collaborative effort in conjunction with VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, the Park Board gave us unanimous support to keep this Architectural, Horticultural, Natural green jewel at the pinnacle of our great city open.

The synergy between VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Vancouver Park Board and the shared vision of horticultural and curatorial excellence needs to be nurtured and protected. This year will bring us many challenges as we continue our work to enhance and reinvigorate the Bloedel. We have many more events planned, and I am counting on the continued support of the citizens of Vancouver and British Columbia to help as move into the next phase of our efforts. Donations can be sent to the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (please mark on cheque “for Bloedel Committee”) and see link below for further info.

http://friendsofthebloedel.ca/info.html

Thank you all for your support! Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

John Coupar

Chair, Bloedel Committee VBGA

Cell 604 818 2756

The Hottest Attraction in Town??

Bloedel Gets Cooled Down!!

Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

This past week the power outages in south Vancouver gave rise to some creative problem solving at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory by QE Park Supervisor Alex Downie. Because of its location at the very top of QE Park, one of the hottest days of summer gave considerable concern for all the living plants and birds inside this giant glasshouse. The Vancouver Fire Department came to the rescue by hosing a cascade of cold water on the dome which brought the temp down to a reasonable level until the power returned.

The proposal to save Bloedel Conservatory will hopefully be officially approved on September 20th by the Park Board.

We like being the Hottest Attraction in town, but not quite so literally!


Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

Post by guest author Terri Clark

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!