After a pretty long drive from Seattle this summer we had a few hours left before our scheduled ferry over to Victoria, BC. By a popular vote we decided to visit VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It seemed like it would be a great place for the kids to run around and let off some pent-up energy from sitting in the car for two days. And boy, did the gardens not disappoint! If you are in the Vancouver area and have a few hours, I would highly recommend visiting there to enjoy the lovely beauty all around you, no matter the season of the year. We were there in June, so blooming flowers were plentiful, and it was a feast not only for our eyes and ears, (a lot of birds there singing!) but also the aroma of all the flowers was just delightful! I invite you to settle in and see some of the loveliness captured in pictures for yourself…
Our first stop was the whimsical visitor center, where we stopped at the information desk to inquire about the tours of the gardens. They offer individual and group tours daily during the summer months, so you want to be sure to ask so you don’t miss one before you start exploring the vastness of 22 hectares of beautiful gardens.
Right by the seed shop they have a few plants kids are encouraged to touch and smell.
Lovely fountain in the center of the gardens provides soothing backdrop to the loveliness while you explore.
Various flowers are luscious and bountiful to enjoy.
Stopping to smell the roses is, of course, part of the experience, too!
Lovely formally laid-out English garden with stone arches is super cute.
My gymnast always prefers to pose upside-down 🙂
Visiting Botanical Gardens provides the whole family bonding experience while exploring the beauty of God’s creation.
Kids loved hiding behind these giant plant leaves. It reminded them of giant rhubarb leaves!
One of our favorite places in the botanical gardens was this gorgeous rhododendron alley. Rhododendrons of all imaginable colors graced the sides of the alley, and children enjoyed running around from plant to plant to see which one had the lovelier scent.
I would highly recommend visiting VanDusen Botanical Gardens if you are in the area for at least a few hours.