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A garden in the heart of the city
Since 1975, VanDusen Botanical Garden has been educating the public about the importance of biodiversity, right in the heart of Vancouver.
A former golf course saved from development by concerned residents, the garden is now home to 7,500 different kinds of plants from six continents. A historian describes it as a living breathing organism that is still growing. A $20 million “rejuvenation” campaign is under way to renovate the gardens and create a “living building” – a sustainable, energy efficient structure with no environmental footprint.
Vancouver Foundation supported this special project with a $1 million grant. Like many organizations, VanDusen Botanical Garden also holds its endowment fund at Vancouver Foundation.
(Originally aired: 2005)