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VanDusen Botanical Garden Association

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Association

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1966-

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden Association was founded in 1966 for the purpose of helping to preserve the former site of the Shaugnessey Golf Club for use as park land, rather than have it re-developed for housing or some other purpose following the club s relocation to a new site in 1960. The site is located in Vancouver British Columbia, and is approximately bounded by Oak Street, Granville Street, 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue, and was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway prior to its sale to the City of Vancouver. Funding for the purchase of the site was provided jointly by the City of Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, and W J VanDusen (through the Vancouver Foundation). The garden was named after VanDusen in recognition of his financial contribution. VanDusen Garden opened to the public in 1975.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. The Association raises funds for the continuing development and improvement of the garden, and provides volunteers that contribute to various activities at the garden, serving as programme guides, seed collectors, master gardeners, and library and gift shop volunteers.

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