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Next Event

APR 26 2018

Growing City: The Evolution of Vancouver Gardens

  • 7:30 PM
  • MoV
Speaker: Christine Allen, Master Gardener

Christine AllenIs there a typical Vancouver garden? Was there one at any time in the past? Author Christine Allen looks back through the photographic record to analyze the gardening preferences of the city's residents, explaining fashions in landscaping, plantings of orchards and vegetable gardens, and trends such as English Cottage and Asian. The talk mentions avid gardeners including "sugar king" B.T. Rogers and influential landscapers such as Raoul Robillard.

Christine Allen is the author of "Gardens of Vancouver" (Raincoast, 1999) as well as books on roses, climbers, and the large garden she created on a farm in South Langley. She is a Master Gardener and a long-time volunteer at VanDusen Garden.


Upcoming Events

MAY 24 2018

Emily Patterson: The Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse

  • 7:30 PM
  • MoV
Speaker: Lisa Anne Smith, Docent & Curator

Lisa Anne SmithWhen Emily Patterson arrived in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children in 1862, she found herself worlds away from Bath, Maine, the staunchly pious township of her birth. Up the remote reaches of Vancouver Island’s Alberni Canal, Emily learnt much about self-reliance in a fledgling milltown where pioneer loggers and the native Tseshaht community shared an often tempestuous co-existence. In search of their ideal homestead, the Pattersons next travelled to Oregon’s fertile Willamette and Columbia River regions, confronting both joy and tragedy along the way. After many years, their quest finally led them to Burrard Inlet, where the sawmilling communities of Hastings Mill and Moodyville dueled for lumber supremacy. Emily gained wide recognition amidst the hard living mill workers for her extraordinary nursing skills, self-taught from sheer necessity over the course of her nomadic life. In a time when the nearest doctor was several hours of travel away, Emily served as a midwife and lay nurse to both Indigenous and pioneer residents of Burrard Inlet.

SEP 30 2018


  • 7:30 PM
  • MoV
Speaker: TBA