VanDusen Botanical Garden below. My herbal companion, Bonnie and I went with Country Living Gardener magazine (The magazine is gone but not forgotten!) on a wonderful trip to the Pacific Northwest in 1999. We were both sick. I had infected ears and a sinus infection and Bonnie got sick at the end of the trip with bronchitis. We were a pair! This time VanDusen was hosting a classic British car meet. Not into cars, just the gardens.
This is a bit of VanDusen history from the website. In 1910, this site was an isolated acreage of stumps and bush. It was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was leased by the Shaughnessy Golf Club from 1911 until 1960 when the golf club moved to a new location. The railway proposed a subdivision, but was opposed by many citizens. In 1966, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association was formed to assist the Vancouver Park Board with saving the site. This effort was successful and the land was purchased with shared funding from the City of Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia and the Vancouver Foundation with a donation by W. J. VanDusen, after whom the Garden was named. Development started in 1971 and VanDusen Botanical Garden officially opened to the public on August 30, 1975.
The spring bulbs were in full bloom here. Such beautiful displays.
Here are some blooms we both missed in our garden.
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