Saturday, February 23, 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC



The building known as the Education Centre (also the Forest Education Centre) is a modernist masterpiece lost in the forest of an untended section of VanDusen Garden. Built in 1976, it was originally known as MacMillan-Bloedel Place, named for its donor, the largest forestry company in what was then the largest industry in British Columbia. Its unique educational displays, including a 50-seat theatre, were called “A Walk in the Forest.”

Architect Paul Merrick, working then as chief designer for Thompson, Berwick & Pratt, set thepavilion into a small hill on the edge of a lake in the northwest part of the gardens. Its green roof was one of the first in the city, and its unique internal columns used some of the finest wood in British Columbia. It won the Canadian Architect Yearbook Award of Excellence Award in 1974, and was constructed by Halse-Martin of Vancouver. It was once an object of pride for the city, VanDusen Garden and the Park Board. via ‘a walk in the forest 2013

This event is part of the campaign to save the Forest Education Centre at VanDusen Gardens, in partnership with the Heritage Vancouver Society. For more information visit Media contact: Michael Kluckner | 604 251 3353 |

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  1. Wayne De Angelis at · Reply

    We should be promoting restoration rather than demolition in Vancouver if we are truly to be taken seriously.

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