|Laburnum Walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Photo by Nancy Wong.
On the flora side of things, it's the annual Laburnum Alert. Keep an eye on VanDusen's website beginning May 13 for updates on the Laburnum Walk. It only blooms for three weeks a year, usually the last two weeks of May and the first week of June. If things warm up again this month, it could be earlier.
VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver. The 55-acre garden, named for local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen, opened in 1975 and is jointly managed by the Vancouver Park Board and the non-profit VanDusen Botanical Garden Association.