Summer Picnics at VanDusen Botanical Garden from Truffles Cafe

Picnics at VanDusen Botanical Garden from Truffles Cafe. Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden / Fanny DuFour

Back in April, when Truffles Cafe at VanDusen Botanical Garden debuted their Afternoon Tea, the Cafe mentioned the possibility of offering outdoor picnic baskets for picnics at the Garden this summer. That idea is now a reality: Picnics for two have started at VanDusen, officially making one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places even more adorable. (Seriously, what could be more picturesque than enjoying an old-fashioned picnic at VanDusen’s Monet-esque Meadow Garden or surrounded by flowers on the Azalea Path?)

Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden / Fanny DuFour

Located inside the VanDusen Visitors Centre, Truffles Cafe’s $58 picnics-for-two include:

  • admission for two to VanDusen Botanical Garden (a $21.50 value)
  • a sturdy picnic basket with lined picnic blanket to use during your picnic
  • two regular-sized sandwiches of your choice
  • two small salads of your choice
  • two beverages (including coffee, juices or sparkling water)
  • a selection of cheese and crackers with grapes
  • cookies
  • napkins and utensils

Basically everything you need to enjoy a fabulous outdoor lunch before (or after) exploring VanDusen’s magnificent grounds and gardens.

The Truffles Cafe Picnics are packed on a first-come basis and can’t be ordered in advance; you must order them in-person at Truffles. Peak picnic hours are 11:45am – 1:15pm, so plan to get there a little earlier or later to avoid a wait.

Bonus incentive (not that you need one): $2 from every picnic sold will be donated to Karma Exchange, a registered non-profit charity that helps girls in northern Ghana access education.

Picnics at VanDusen Botanical Garden are available now through summer 2012; enjoy them while the weather lets you!

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