Whether you are interested in beautifully coloured birds, tropical forests and flowers, or the more subtle scents of a healing garden, Bloedel Conservatory offers something for every member of your family.
You will find red, blue and dwarf Macaws, African parrots, exotic Finches and Chinese pheasants at Bloedel. Don’t be surprised if they answer when you say hello.
Chatty parrots and 230 free-flying birds appear effortlessly at home in the exotic environment of Bloedel Conservatory. Handy bird guides and a children’s scavenger hunt are available at the front desk.
Bloedel Conservatory contains three different climate zones, and demonstrates the importance of habitat protection and plant conservation.
Biodiversity greatly increases closer to the equator, and many of the world’s most endangered ecosystems are found there.
Tropical rainforest habitat is the most complex and diverse ecosystem on earth. One hectare of some rainforests have been found to contain more tree species than exist in all of Canada. Bloedel Conservatory offers a taste of this threatened paradise.
Subtropical rainforest habitat with brighter light and less humidity is ideal for growing orchids. Banyan and fig trees are the perfect backdrop for these exotic blooms.
In the desert zone, humidity is kept low to simulate life in the desert. Succulents and cacti are the stars in this area of the Conservatory.
A healing garden engages the senses and the Bloedel Conservatory does just that. The most obvious of these is sight, but smell, touch, taste and auditory input can all be present. We gain positive effects on our emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and social well being from being exposed to nature or horticultural activities.
Events throughout the year include rare and exotic orchid shows, sculpture exhibitions celebrating nature and the tremendously popular Walk in the Tropics series. Jewel Box of Lights, a seasonal light show, has been cancelled for 2013 due to work on the conservatory roof.
The Conservatory Gift Shop offers items ranging from jewelry to souvenirs of the city.