VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre Grand Opening

The new Visitor Centre at the VanDusen Botanical Garden is finally open! After several years of planning and construction, the opening ceremony of the 22 million dollar building took place Sunday afternoon with hundreds of people in attendance. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, and Vancouver Park Board chair Aaron Jasper were just some of the people that showed up for this spectacular event. 


 After the speeches were done, the green ribbon made up of different leaves was cut.

Cutting of the green "ribbon"

Mayor Gregor signing autograph
Live Jazz music
Donor Wall
This amazing building is the greenest building in Vancouver and on it's way to becoming Canada's first certified living building. The unique undulating shape of the building is inspired by an orchid leaf and is designed by renowned architecture firm Perkins+Will. It is solar powered, 100% water-independent and completely carbon and energy neutral. It really is a beautiful and amazing building. If you haven't had a chance to go take a look at it, I recommend that you do.

As part of the celebration, admission to the beautiful VanDusen Garden was free. It was a perfect day to visit the gardens too. The autumn colours are so beautiful, it really is one of the best times to visit the garden.
The garden store was also having a moving sale and I took home some bulbs and spent the rest of the day weeding my garden. Such a beautiful day!

I love, love the reds and yellows of the maples. The colours are so vivid that you have to be there to fully enjoy the experience. It is breathtakingly beautiful.


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