Sculptures in the VanDusen Botanical Garden

Sculptures in the VanDusen Botanical Garden

I have gardens on my mind, in part because things are blooming like crazy in Seattle right now.  But also because I just read a wonderful book, The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour by Donald Olson.

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In this book, Olson describes 60 gardens worth seeing in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  By my count, I have visited just 21 of the gardens on his list.  And since my husband and I were making a weekend getaway to Vancouver, B.C., we made a special effort to check out one of Olson’s recommendations.  He said, “If you have time to visit only one garden in Vancouver, make it VanDusen.”  And so we did.

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The highlights of the VanDusen Botanical Garden were, for me, the Hon. David C. Lam Cherry Grove on the great lawn which we caught in full blossom and the sculptures.  There is something especially lovely about seeing sculptures placed in an expansive garden setting.  I think they bring an element of surprise as you meander along the paths.

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I imagine as more flowers reach their bloom time, this garden becomes even more of a showcase.  Still, on this late winter visit, we caught magnolias, camellias, and some early rhododendrons in bloom.

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden is home to a wonderful variety of trees.  There are small lakes, formal gardens, theme gardens, and meandering paths.  And even a maze!

Giant sequoias

Giant sequoias

Reflections in Shaughnessy Lake

Reflections in Shaughnessy Lake

Korean Pavilion

Korean Pavilion

Garden maze

Garden maze

This destination is certainly worthy of a return visit.