Spring inspires us to clean out, clean up, and start fresh. Whether it’s indoors or out, condo, townhouse, or detached home, we’re instinctively driven to welcome the sunny season by beautifying our surroundings. We’ve rounded up the best places and society sales for obtaining everything you need to cultivate the perfect garden, be it a planter to a full-blown yard.

1. Orchid lovers flock to VanDusen Gardens every year for the annual Vancouver Orchid Society’s Show and Sale, March 25th - 27th. Notoriously finicky plants, these gorgeous blooms pack a lot of punch, transforming small spaces with their refined elegance and making them worth the extra effort. An excellent touch if you’re planning to sell.

2. One of the few garden centers left in the city, Art Knapp Plantland on S. Granville is your one-stop shop. Find everything you need to start a garden from scratch: seeds, bulbs, indoor/outdoor plants, tools and garden accessories. Their knowledgeable staff is on hand to help plan your planting schedule and answer any questions you might have.

3. Get it straight from the source at Vancouver’s most beautiful and iconic garden: the annual VanDusen Plant Sale for patios, pots and planters is on April 24th from 10am - 4pm. Get all of the plants and information you need for gardening in small spaces.

4. The Lower Mainland’s other great source for all things garden is the Prickly Pear in Steveston, on the edge of Richmond. Known for their amazing hanging baskets that are perfect for small-space living, this full-service garden center has plenty else to choose from. Their wide assortment of containers, seasonal flora, and eclectic mix of accessories and giftware ensures your garden isn’t short on style.

5. Feel like you’re lacking the green thumb to cultivate your dream spring garden? Choose from VanDusen’s many workshops. Taught by the experts to get hands-on knowledge on everything from understanding your soil, growing veggies in containers, to the top 25 plants for easy maintenance. You can see their full course schedule here.


We’d love to hear about your gardening adventures in the comments below, or post your trials and triumphs to our Facebook page. Happy planting!

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