Once we finished exploring Vancouver’s great aquarium, the day was still grey and wet. The good thing is that it wasn’t raining at all when we exited. I told my husband there was still one place I wanted to go before leaving the next morning. I wanted to pay a visit to the VanDusen Botanical garden. But there were two obstacles. First, it was kind of far and required a long bus ride. Second, we weren’t sure the weather was going to cooperate (you know, botanical gardens are open spaces). My husband just gave me a look. I quickly understood. He really told me: “Let’s do it”.
Ok, so we made it to the other side of town (where the garden is located). I am glad I decided to go. Some people may find gardens boring. Are you kidding me? Visit a place to see plans. Meehhhhh. Well, I have to say I enjoy these places very much (maybe I am boring, who knows). I always discover something plus I love to be surrounded by color.
VanDusen is a public garden located in the Shaughnessy neighborhood. It is managed by the Vancouver Park Board and volunteers help to run the place. It is a fairly large garden (55 acres) which provides many special attractions (other than a huge collection of botanicals). In there you can admire totem poles, a Korean Pavilion and statues that add to the serene atmosphere. Additionally, the garden offers guided tours, lectures and workshop. Therefore, visit the official website if you want to participate in any of these offerings.
What really captured me about this place was the fall foliage. We visited about a year ago. Consequently, the trees were showing all their autumn splendor. I was fascinated while walking about the many trees in such vivid colors. I felt like in a fairytale (plus, they even have a maze). Take a look at the following pictures so you can admire the charm of this place.
The cherry on the top was the temporal exhibition the garden was presenting when we visited. They had pieces of the Mexican sculptor Sebastian scattered around the green areas. I enjoyed his bright colored sculptures. They added a special touch (a vibrancy) to the place. I did an Internet search to find more about this sculptor. I was amazed to discover he is regarded as Mexico’s foremost living sculptor. His sculptures stand not only in Mexico but in countries like the USA, Japan and Ireland. He also designs jewelry and paints. It is formidable to learn about an artist’s work while traveling.
Well my friends, this is the end of my Vancouver adventures. I have posted 15 articles about the magnificent city of Vancouver. Don’t hesitate to take a look at my other posts (search or browse on the right column). Next week we are headed to the big, bold and beautiful country of Brazil!! Stay tuned for the new set of adventures!!!