VanDusen Garden going to the birds with new garden space


National Geographic is calling 2018 the Year of the Bird, and Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden has their celebration ready to take flight. A Backyard Bird Garden, a special bird-friendly habitat for resident and migratory birds, is being unveiled March 1.

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An Anna’s Hummingbird (Photo: Shutterstock)

The new garden supports the Vancouver Bird Strategy and Park Board’s Biodiversity Strategy by demonstrating how we can create habitat for birds with the right selection of plants to provide food, shelter and nesting opportunities, according to VanDusen.

While a special event on March 1 will officially open the space–and include a visit from Vancouver’s Official City Bird, the Anna’s Hummingbird–there is much more to come in this Year of the Bird for bird and garden lovers.

The Backyard Bird Garden’s official opening supports the Vancouver International Bird Festival and 27th International Ornithological Congress to be held in Vancouver August 19-26, 2018. The garden will also be a highlight for visitors during Vancouver’s annual bird week in May.

As part of the Bird Garden’s launch celebration, up to two children get in free with each paid adult, senior or youth between March 1-29 at both VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom