Posted: October 19, 2014
Apple update: October 21 at 6 p.m. - we have now stopped selling apples. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the festival this year. This is the Garden's biggest fundraiser of the year and the funds are much needed for our research, conservation, education and public outreach work. Thank you!
Posted: October 9, 2014
While this year's autumn colours will no doubt be worth admiring, because of the hot, dry summer, most leaves are exhibiting sign of stress, and the show may be somewhat abbreviated. The focus this year should be on fruit, since this will clearly be a banner year. Everything from crabapples, cotoneasters and quinces to sapphire berries (sadly, already picked clean by birds), sparkleberries and sumac bobs are incredibly abundant this year.
Posted: September 18, 2014
Posted: September 5, 2014
One of the most frequently asked questions at the Botanical Garden is "where are the flowers?" This is not a silly question, given that most public and large commercial gardens are designed with floral display as a primary objective. In many cases, it may not be obvious to the visitor what she/he is actually looking at in a botanical garden compared with a typical display garden. However, because the Botanical Garden is primarily a research and teaching collection, it is difficult to justify the high cost of extensive flower beds.
Posted: September 4, 2014
UBC Botanical Garden has partnered with Wild BC Tours and Guiding to bring segway tours to the Garden. If you’ve never tried a segway before, you are in for a treat. Gliding through the garden is next to effortless and a great way to experience more of our wonderful collections in a single visit.
Posted: August 15, 2014
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Posted: August 5, 2014
If visitors are looking for flowers in the Botanical Garden, August is an ideal time to drop by. Starting in the Entrance Plaza, there are plenty of colourful plants, not least, the mounding stalks of Carolina border phlox (Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker') topped with its magenta pink blooms. Nearby, the glossy, red-edged leaves of the hardy creeping leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) provide the perfect foil for its crimson-budded, sky blue flowers. These are produced with increasing frequency toward the end of August.
Posted: July 25, 2014
Posted: July 25, 2014
Posted: July 3, 2014
Visiting the Botanical Garden in July is often a singular pleasure. When the temperatures finally rise to something resembling summer heat, the forested paths of the David C. Lam Asian Garden and BC Rainforest Garden beckon visitors to enjoy a cool respite from the sun. It's easy to while away the hours sitting on a bench by the pond in the Rainforest Garden watching the antics of a wide variety of birds and dragonflies.