Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory celebrating 50 years with tropical Tiki Night

Vancouver’s domed lush paradise is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebrations this month with a very fitting tiki themed party.

Vancouverites are invited to celebrate the history and future of Bloedel Conservatory Oct. 18 with live music and tropical cocktails.

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The plant and bird sanctuary found in Queen Elizabeth Park atop Little Mountain opened to the public on Dec. 6,1969 and soon became popular, with half a million people visiting in its first year. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, the conservatory was dedicated “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.”

The futuristic domed building now houses three simulated climates — tropical rain forest, sub-tropical forest and desert — for the more than 120 exotic birds and hundreds of species of plants.

“Bloedel’s 50th Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Conservatory as a unique and cherished green oasis in the city of Vancouver, its history and its future,” event organizers say.

“It provides us with a venue to raise awareness about the tropics, the importance of sustainability, biodiversity, and conservation, and to continue to familiarize people of all ages with the world of plants.”

The event promises to be an evening of fun featuring music by Robin Layne and the Rhythm Makers, hors d’oeuvres by Granville Island Catering and a variety of signature tropical rum cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.

Follow the Conservatory on Facebook to stay up to date with its upcoming events.

For more details contact Elise, VBGA administrative assistant at 604-257-8469.

— With files from Jessica Kerr

TIKI NIGHT

Date: Friday, Oct. 18

Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie St.

Tickets: $50 online

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