In The Garden

SapplingGardening Workshops

Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry; it’s never too late to turn your 
gardening skills around! And what better place to learn from the experts
than Vancouver’s most iconic garden? Visitors learned gardening from the pros of
the Master Gardeners Association of BC. With a variety of workshops
ranging from Soil Building & Planting Technique to Vegetable Gardening –
Backyards or Balconies, there was a lesson for every type and level
of gardener.

Fresh Kabobs CookingEPICurean Corner

Nestled in a grove of towering trees, EPICurean Corner was one of EPIC Fest’s Celebration of Food features with restaurants, caterers, the Whole Foods Market experience and more.


VanDusen_Botanical_Garden_mazeThe Maze 

One of the best features of the Garden is the deceptively complicated hedge maze. Designed in the style of European hedge mazes, the VanDusen maze seems small–and thus easily navigated–but finding the centre is harder (and more fun) than you might think!  The VanDusen maze is made of 3,000 pyramidal cedars, planted in the autumn of 1981. There is an observation terrace from which the less adventuresome visitor can view it from above.

Bocce Tournament 


What’s a Garden Party without bocce??  Visitors joined the fun at the 11th Annual Vancouver Bocce Tournament.



DSCF6186Walking Tours

VanDusen Garden Guides offered walking tours of the Garden hourly from 11am-4pm.  Guides are knowledgeable about plants, the Garden, and the role of the plant world within our ecosystem. Tour participants learned how sustainable approaches in the Garden, and in their own gardens, can help avert harm to our environment while preserving beauty in the world now and in future.

yoga2Yoga in the Park

Visitors joined YYoga for Yoga in the Park each day at 2pm at the YYoga booth, getting their zen on as they enjoyed the sunny skies and took in the fresh air and stunning beauty of the garden.


portrait of a beautiful girl in springGreen Circle Salons 

Who says you can’t be gorgeous in the Garden? Visitors got their ‘‘do’’ on as Green Circle Salons offers Styling in the Rose Garden from 11am – 8pm by donation on both Saturday and Sunday. Not only did they plant a tree in your name, but they helped visitors de-junk their bathroom cabinets by collecting old hair appliances for recycling! Green Circle member salons recycle and re-purpose hair, foils, colour-tubes, papers and plastics AND divert excess hair chemicals from being rinsed down the drain.



Artists in the GardenPainting 

Visiting the beautiful Perennials at VanDusen Garden, visitors found established artists Mandy Tsung, Russell Alton, Emi Kanomata and Kristian Adam and watched as they brought their art to life over the course of the weekend.  Curated by Ayden Gallery.
Click Here for more information on the artists.



Zero Waste Goal 

EPIC Fest had a comprehensive on-site Waste Management program with nearly a dozen Zero Waste Stations to ensure every item goes into the appropriate waste stream.