We visit the VanDusen Gardens every time we go to Vancouver, and this trip was no exception. My husband thinks that VanDusen is one of the finest gardens in North America. I just think it's full of things I want to photograph because they're gorgeous; in general, Jim will tell me what they are. I'm not a gardener; I'm the audience. Here's the link to the photo gallery I've devoted to this visit:
I learned a little history about the garden on this trip - back in the day when the Canadian Pacific Railway owned Vancouver in fee simple, this 55 acre tract of land was leased by the Shaughnessy Golf Course. The golf course moved to a new location in 1960 and the battle began: the railway wanted to put in a subdivision, the neighbors objected, and in 1966 the usual band of dedicated volunteers and fundraisers formed the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and set out to save the site. The garden opened formally in 1975, which means that when I first saw it, on our honeymoon in 1986, it had only been open for about 11 years, and some of the newer shrubs weren't very well grown. Let me assure you: twenty-five years later the shrubs have filled out!