Because plants have long been jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral strivers with today's Groupon: for $36, you get a one-year family membership at VanDusen Botanical Garden (a $73 value).
Since 1975, the 22-hectare garden has been a favourite of locals looking to experience nature's splendour or seek solace from evil step-parents in the garden's phantasmagoric escapes. A family membership grants two adults and their brood entrance to the park year-round, except during some special events. A collection of approximately 255,000 individual plants from around the world flourish on the green grounds, gathered in pastoral landscape settings for ample ambling enjoyment. Torture a colour-blind ex-boyfriend by bringing him to the vibrantly rainbowesque rhododendron walk, or indulge in a flashback from your recent Turkey travels by venturing to the Mediterranean Garden, a fragrant spot festooned with sun-loving rock roses, lavender, and rosemary. A children’s garden, filled with whimsical and silly-shaped shrubberies, will delight tots and the easily amused, and the hedge maze offers an opportunity to ditch a date whose manners are more ephemeral than Dutchman's Breeches. The mild climate at VanDusen allows plants of many species to flourish year-round; consult the bloom calendar for more-detailed information.
In addition to free entrance, your membership privileges include discounted admission on special events, a quarterly newsletter, and a photo membership card to show off to friends and interested officers of the law. So take this opportunity to get closer to nature over time, or gift a membership to a flower-obsessed friend.
This deal is valid for new members only. It is not valid for renewals or memberships that have lapsed within the last six months.
- Heathers, Autumn crocus, hydrangeas and more bloom during the fall at VanDusen Botanical Garden, giving visitors the simple pleasure of soaking up picture-perfect fall landscapes. – Tourism Vancouver
- The hexagon-shaped Korean Pavilion is the highlight of the Asian Gardens, and a wishing fountain is the centerpiece of the Children's Garden. – 10Best