Fire response crews advise that the fire in Pacific Spirit Park adjacent to UBC’s Vancouver campus is largely contained. The campus has remained open, and there is no threat of evacuation for nearby buildings.
Posted: July 24, 2015
Please expect detours and short delays accessing both UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden on Sunday July 26 due to the Point Grey Triathalon. Please note that detours will be in effect until 5 pm. To learn more about the race and view the race route and detours visit UBC's recreation website.
Posted: July 21, 2015
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Navigating suspended walkways between towering Hemlocks and Douglas Firs, high up amid the green forest canopy, employees of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society discovered the rich biodiversity of our forest ecosystem and what it can teach us about sustainability.
Posted: June 30, 2015
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Drop-In Tours Starting June 19th
A great introduction to what you can see here at UBC Botanical Garden, all visitors are welcome to participate in a free (with paid admission) guided tour that gives a general overview of the Garden such as our Asian, Food and Physic gardens.
Tours last approximately 60 minutes, and are held Fridays and Saturday 12:30 pm. Visitors are asked to meet at the ‘tour meeting spot’ located buy the picnic tables under the Bamboo leaf oak.
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Remington Gallery & Studio
108 East Hastings
Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 4 p.m.
Opening reception Friday May 8, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
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We're well on the way to one of the warmest springs in recent memory. A number of plants flowered three to four weeks early and many familiar April-blooming plants long since put out their flowers (what a February and March!). But there are plenty of plants sitting tight, waiting to flower as they normally would—or at least within only a week or two of their usual time. On this list of conservative bloomers are many in the genus Rhododendron.
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Some people feel that February is a good time for a vacation, given the unreliability of Vancouver's winter weather. Still, our shortest month actually has enormous potential when it comes to flowers and it's always worth a trip to the Garden to see what's in bloom. Of course in a particularly mild winter all kinds of spring flowers will emerge as early as February, but as already suggested, such moderate weather can never be depended upon.
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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
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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.
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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.
Posted: June 13, 2014
NORTH AMERICAN JAPANESE GARDEN ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Posted: June 5, 2014
The verdant exuberance of June foliage is sometimes difficult to equal with flowers, but there are a number of ornamentals that manage the task. Among the commoner June flowers, roses and weigelas and earlier perennials such as geraniums and much of the daisy clan come to mind. In the Botanical Garden there are these, as well as a few less obvious examples that are worth looking out for.
Posted: June 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . .
June 13 to 15, 2014
Toronto, ON . . . May 13, 2014 . . . Garden Daysis Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
Posted: May 9, 2014
Today, May 9th, is the American Public Gardens Association's National Public Gardens Day and although we are in Canada our garden is a member of this wonderful association of gardens. In celebration we asked Dr. Tara Moreau, our new Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs, to share her thoughts on public gardens. Here is what she had to say:
Posted: May 8, 2014
May is often advertised as the best time for flowers—you know the rhyme, April showers bring... but in Vancouver, May flowers are often just a continuation of April's bounty. Vancouver is usually cool, and often wet, but otherwise agreeable at this time of the year (unlike western Europe and eastern North America, which can suffer from both late frost and sweltering temperatures in May). Flowers and the tender young growth of all kinds of plants last much longer with cool and humid conditions. At this time, the new growth on a number of trees can be exceedingly ornamental.
Posted: May 7, 2014
Steve Whysall, reporter and garden columinist for the Vancouver Sun, recently published an article about gardening tips top keep your garden healthy and attractive as well as one big mistake to avoid.
The best person I know to consult about good gardening practices is Egan Davis.
For 10 years he was one of the top gardeners at VanDusen Botanical Garden, where he also taught green thumbs to become master gardeners.
Posted: May 2, 2014
May 2, 2014 - The Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Garden was featured today in the Vancouver Courier with a front page photo and feature page story.
A little-known canopy walkway tucked away in UBC Botanical Garden is shedding its discreet identity in hopes of becoming a popular Vancouver attraction.
UBC Botanical Garden welcomes Dr. Tara Moreau as Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs
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April is such an amazing month, it’s worth asking, “what’s not in bloom?” Clearly, many plants do not flower in April, but in the Botanical Garden there are more plants in bloom this month than any other. Magnolias and rhododendrons lead the charge with their lavish blooms, but a closer look around the Garden reveals an extraordinary array of flowers of all shapes and sizes, colours and fragrances.
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(or, when good plants go bad.)
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Todd Major, a contributor of the local North Shore news recently wrote about how friends of the garden volunteer groups, like our FOGs at UBC Botanical Garden contribute so much to the Gardens that they support. We couldn't agree more and are so appreciative of our wonderful volunteers. As Todd mentions, they perform a wide variety of tasks from propagating plants for sale, staffing our gift shop and garden centre, weeding days, and organizing all of our major events.
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The City of Vancouver's first urban forest management plan is due to be released next spring, with details about the 150,000 trees the city has pledged to plant by 2020. Although the city hopes that in large part those will be native trees, when it comes to local species, arborists may only have a few options to choose from. Douglas Justice, the associate director of UBC Botanical Garden explains that our trees tend to be very large, especially the conifers. They can also be vulnerable in heavy winds.
Posted: November 19, 2013
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On Wednesday, 15 students from our Horticultural Training Program (HTP) help lifted the rhododendrons from the garden of Alleyne Cook, a well-known North Vancouver gardener, for the move to the new Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden in Sechelt. The HTP students worked under the guidance of instructor Egan Davis, who was supported by Douglas Justice, our Associate Director and Curator of Collections.
Posted: October 29, 2013
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Douglas Justice, our Associate Director at the Garden, recently spoke with UBC Public Affairs about the changing colours of fall and the joys of gardening in colder weather.
Wonder why some leaves turn dark red, or what plants flourish in the fall and winter? Check out this short Q&As with Douglas Justice.
Photo: The leaves change colour at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Credit: Dllu, Wikimedia Commons
Posted: October 16, 2013
Our friends at the UBC Farm will be joining the festivities and helping to make this weekend a truly remarkable trip out to UBC for families and apple lovers of all ages:
On Saturday, October 19, 2013 the UBC Farm is excited to be joining the UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival. In addition to a booth on-site at the festival, we will be offering tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Orchard on Saturday October 19 at 10am, noon and 2pm.
Posted: October 6, 2013
Learn about the forest high-life on the University of British Columbia’s canopy walkway.
Carol Pucci of The Seattle Times recently visited the Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Garden and wrote about the experience.
According to Pucci, she wasn't ready for a romp through the treetops of an Amazon jungle, but after crossing the second of 10 footbridges suspended above one end of the David C. Lam Asian Garden, she was paying less attention to the swaying and more to the sounds and smells of nature.
Posted: September 3, 2013
School is back... along with orientation day mayhem, final exam madness, and all the mid-terms and assignments in between. While it is comparative to a carnival at the central hub of the UBC Point Grey campus, we find ourselves a piece of calmness and tranquility at UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden. It seems UBC Events agrees that the garden is a great place to film their weekly announcements.
Posted: September 1, 2013
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Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, deciphers the link between food gardening and climate change in this quick Q & A:
Q: We have heard stories about BC farmers successfully growing vegetables and fruits year-round (e.g. lemons in North Saanich and olives on Saturna Island) because of climate change that brings much milder winters. Are there other species that now grow here, or grow here year-round when they didn’t before?
Posted: July 19, 2013
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Are you looking for some outdoor fun for you and your kids? Try something fun this summer and spend a Saturday morning exploring and taking part in creative hands-on learning with our family program leaders. Designed for families with children aged 5-11, these exciting sessions offer an opportunity to discover UBC Botanical Garden. Cost includes garden admission so that families can stay and discover the garden at their own pace after the program. Why not pack a lunch and have an adventurous Saturday with us!
Posted: June 14, 2013
As the inaugurating year of the Horticulture Training Program wraps up, UBC Botanical Garden is pleased to present the David Tarrant Award to two outstanding graduates from the program.
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UBC Alumni Weekend
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Alumni Weekend 2013 is a chance for the public and UBC Alumni to explore the campus.
At UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden, we will open our doors with free general admission for registered Alumni Weekend participants.
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My initial meeting with Roy was in the old Botanical Garden HQ, Hut M34 on West Mall, on the rainy morning of October 27th 1969. This was directly after I had been interviewed and hired as a gardener by Mr. Ken Wilson, then Garden Supervisor. I was informed I would commence work on Monday November 3rd. During the ensuing conversation I must have mentioned that I had just arrived from Ontario, didn’t have a local bank yet, and needed some cash. Roy immediately loaned me enough to carry me over. Why do I mention that?
Posted: May 8, 2013
Born in Olds, Alberta, April 12th 1932, died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, May 2nd 2013
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Spring is a busy time for novice and experienced plant lovers. What seeds, plants or tools should I get? What works best with my space? You can get your questions answered by garden experts at UBC Botanical Garden's annual spring event:
A Growing Affair
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Posted: April 26, 2013
In March 2013, the Peter Wharton Memorial Lecture brought in Prof. Nancy Turner from the University of Victoria to give presentation on the dichotomy between "nature" and "culture".
Posted: April 12, 2013
Following up on our previous blog post about regenerating cherry trees that dotted Vancouver, our Associate Director and Curators of Collections, Douglas Justice was interviewed by CBC's Bob Nixon on the current state of cherry blossoms and the project to save them from disappearing in our city.
Watch the news clipping from CBC (Note: video will play after a short message):
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Man vs. nature? Or man as part of nature? Different cultures hold different attitudes on how man relates to the natural world. The next speaker at the upcoming Peter Wharton Memorial Lecture will examine more sustainable ways of interacting with nature and how we can become more responsible players in the world’s ecosystems.
Nature and Culture: Reflections on the Journey from Biodiversity and Culture to Biocultural Diversity (with Nancy Turner)
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Over the course of two weeks after Christmas, community members have dropped off several hundreds unwanted trees. With their generous donations, and the support of UBC Plant Operations, the woody remnants of the holiday season were turned into mulch for use to resurface garden trails. The mulch generated reduces the amount of mulch we need to purchase while we collect funds to support a local school garden project.
Posted: February 6, 2013
Todd Major, Chief Horticulture Instructor at UBC Botanical Garden, shares his insights on selecting pruning tools:
At various time during my horticulture career I have been an estate gardener, arborist, garden builder, nurseryman, bonsai pruner and botanical garden director. Quality pruning tools have always made my work easier, profitable and enjoyable. During my 26 years in this industry I have tried most of the name brand pruning tools made in North America, Europe and Japan and some tools are definitely better than others.
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Tree chipping fundraiser benefitting Thunderbird Elementary School
December 26, 2012 – January 9, 2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$5 Suggested Donation
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Still searching for that perfect Christmas tree? With so many different kinds available, the task can be a complicated process. UBC Forestry professor Stephen Mitchell speaks to Global BC on what to look for and how to make a sustainable choice when picking a Christmas tree:
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Our Horticulture Training Program instructor, Todd Major, shares his insights on how to build and design the best wildlife-friendly gardens to help animals survive the lean winter months:
Each year at this time a variety of wildlife seems to reappear in my garden looking for food, water and sometimes a place to rest.
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Canada has had some weird weather this year and that has had an impact on the fall colours now on display in some areas. As well, historic patterns of when trees are at their most colourful, and how colourful, may be shifting due to climate change.
Before autumn, the healthy leaves on deciduous trees get their green colour from the chlorophyll molecules in their microscopic factories, or chloroplasts, that convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars, other carbohydrates and oxygen.
Posted: October 29, 2012
The line "Bella Bella the Botanical Bear" is a mouthful, but this description fits quite well with our "special teddy bear visitor" who has taken her time to stop and smell the flowers.
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News about the Salish, Canada's newest apple, made it to the Toronto Sun newspaper:
Apple lovers in the Vancouver area will soon be able to sink their teeth into a new variety of the fruit.
The Salish made its debut Saturday at the annual UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival.
"When you taste the Salish apple here today, you are sampling the sweet rewards of many years of research and investments in innovation that will pay off for the farmers that grow this tasty achievement," Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan told the gathering.
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With Apple Festival just around the corner we would sincerely like to thank our community partners that have helped make this year's event happen. Apple Festival is UBC Botanical Garden's largest fundraiser of the year and significantly contributes to the important research, education, conservation and community outreach work we do. Every year we strive to bring more fun experiences to the community members that attend our festival.
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UBC Botanical Garden has recently launched a new Artist in Residence program, which allows a selected artist to develop a long-term relationship with the Garden through artwork inspired by plants in our collections and picturesque grounds. The program opens another gate at the Garden for community engagement, through exhibits, talks, and artists’ activities, both within the Garden and in the community. Botanical artist Dana Cromie is the Artist in Residence for the inaugural first term of the program.
Posted: August 3, 2012
In my own garden, I grow a fragrant white-flowering ‘Rambling Rector’ rose at least 20 metres high into a fir tree.
In a corner, a Clematis montana soars up and up into a large photinia and up again into an alder before reaching across to a liquidambar. In the front garden, a purple clematis weaves its flowers gracefully through a grevillea.
There’s a reason we like to grow climbers into trees and over shrubs. It adds height and interest to the garden, forcing us to stop and look up, rather than always looking down at the ground or straight ahead.
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It may be the season for active outdoor activities, such as frisbee, tennis and beach volleyball, but there are also more relaxing options the whole family can enjoy together. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a tranquil oasis that continues to deliver zen vibes throughout the summer.
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We recently came across a touching review of Nitobe Memorial Garden on Vancouver Lookout's blog that we wanted to share with our readers. It highlights the beauty and serenity of the garden, where plants, stones and water features are carefully placed, reflecting an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature. A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
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UBC Biodiversity Collections were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two work experience students recently. Following last week's post, our second recent work experience student also has interesting stories to tell.
Posted: June 8, 2012
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As Canada's oldest continuously operated university-based botanical garden, UBC Botanical Garden has developed a Horticulture Training Program with the endorsement of Industry Training Authority of BC and the Industry Training Organization for Horticulture (HEBC). Launching in September 2012, it will be the first provincially accredited entry-level practical horticulture training program to be offered in Vancouver.
Posted: May 31, 2012
Young Explorers Summer Camp at UBC Botanical Garden explores the important topics of nature and biodiversity in a fun and exciting way for children aged 7-11. Running in July and August, these week-long camps let campers learn about the natural world through a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and games with new friends.
Posted: May 22, 2012
Some of Coquitlam’s most significant and oldest buildings lie sheltered amongst the magnificent trees on the Riverview Hospital grounds. Thousands of people who drive by Riverview on Lougheed Highway probably appreciate the lush green of its landscape. Others, who have joined a tree tour hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society or strolled through these spacious and gracious grounds on their own, will likely have been enthralled by the quiet majesty of this remarkable site with its heritage buildings and world-class collection of trees.
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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), have announced plans to develop the World Flora—the first modern, online catalog of the world’s plants—to be made available by the year 2020.
Posted: April 25, 2012
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Magnolia lovers, listen up! We now carry a good selection of Magnolias in 5-gallon containers, including the following species:
Posted: April 19, 2012
Gardeners are inquisitive people - always learning in little ways, big ways, by reading and especially by doing.
Beyond the hobbyist level there continues to be demand for qualified horticulturists to work in our gardens, doing all the pruning, planting, lawn cutting, pest control and to design and build our outdoor living spaces. If all of the aging baby boomers retire as predicted in the coming years there will be demand for horticulture technicians to develop and own new gardening and landscape businesses and to fill employment vacancies for public and private sector employers.
Posted: April 17, 2012
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Your typical suburban yard is not a single uniform growing environment, but a tangle of competing interests and microclimates. There may be a dozen different combinations of sunlight, soils, air circulation, and temperature on a normal lot, and each presents gardening opportunities. You can work with the unique niches to make them productive.
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It's hard to believe the first day of spring has already sprung and gone! Before summer comes along and takes us all by surprise, be sure to set aside some time now to get out and enjoy the blooming beauties popping up-- we all know many of them won't last long!
Posted: March 22, 2012
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A food forest is a nature preserve full of edible plants to help feed the city. And a new urban food project, The Beacon Food Forest that broke ground this month, will offer Seattle residents a seven-acre oasis of edible shrubs, trees, and plants.
Posted: March 15, 2012
This week, new arrivals at Shop in the Garden include fruit trees of different varieties:
- Apples - Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, MacIntosh, Red Delicious, Spartan, Summerred, Sunrise, and Cox Orange Pippin; also available in combinations
- Cherries - Stella and Lapins
- Plums - Green Gage, Italian, and Yellow Egg
Also available are a number of ornamental trees, such as:
Posted: March 9, 2012
Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee. (Note: The clipping from "Wings of Life" begins at the 3:17 mark)
Posted: March 7, 2012
David Cobb, who visited Nitobe Memorial Garden last May to photograph for the upcoming book "Japanese Gardens of North America with writer Ken Brown," has entered his photographs into the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, where he placed as a Finalist in the Portfolios category. None of the Nitobe Memorial Garden photos were entered as part of his 6-image portfolio, but we are still proud of him making to the final stage.
Posted: March 7, 2012
Heads up to our visitors: Please expect short delays on access to UBC Botanical Garden on Sunday, March 11, 2012, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, during the 30th Annual UBC REC Triathlon & Duathlon.
Visitors are encouraged to drive to the Garden through SW Marine Drive, as it will still remain open with two-way traffic on the Northbound side of the road, and event staff will be on-hand to allow garden visitors to cross Marine Drive and access the Garden parking lot with minimal delays.
Posted: March 4, 2012
UBC Botanical Garden's Research Manager, Daniel Mosquin, will be formally joining the Board of The Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens on March 7th, 2012 (pending approval at the Annual General Meeting). Daniel brings over a decade of experience at UBC Botanical Garden in areas such as research, collections, education, outreach, and web presence to the role.
Posted: March 1, 2012
Time to exercise your green thumb! From the native plant lover to the collector of special hard-to-find plants, our garden centre is filled with great selections for everyone. The expanded native plant section carries a wide range of native ferns, groundcovers, perennials, shrubs and trees.
Ferns - You can't go wrong with ferns like Athyrium filix-femina (Lady fern) or the evergreen Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern).
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The sun is out, and the Shop at the Garden is ready for spring with new shipments of incredible dwarf conifers (including the popular 'Garden Delights'):
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Today’s alarmingly high rate of plant extinction necessitates an increased understanding of the world’s biodiversity. An estimated 15 to 30 percent of the world’s flowering plants have yet to be discovered, making efficiency an integral function of future botanical research—but how is this best accomplished? Botanist Dr. Gerrit Davidse, John S. Lehmann of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and eight British botanists collaborated to quantify the role of plant collectors in the discovery of plant diversity.
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Patrick Lewis, November 23rd, at Vancouver's UBC Botanical Garden where he is Director. Lewis is also involvled with the Nitobe Garden and the Beatty Museum all of which now fall under the title of Biodiversity Collections. (Ward Perrin / PNG) (For story by Steve Whysall/The Vancouver Sun) 00057498A [PNG Merlin Archive]
Posted: December 21, 2011
It is with a sense of both pleasure and surprise that I realize I am well into a third year as the director of the Botanical Garden. The joy I felt when first asked to take up this position has not diminished: this is a wonderful place to work.
Posted: December 6, 2011
Want to buy a great gift for yourself, your family, or your friends??
We are doing another Groupon deal – this time promoting our UBC Museums and Gardens Pass.
Sale is today (Tuesday, December 6). If you’re not yet a subscriber, all you have to do is Google “Groupon Vancouver,” and click on ‘subscribe” (it’s free); or click here: www.groupon.com/vancouver and then click ‘subscribe.’ You will then be able to purchase this great deal.
Posted: December 5, 2011
The Shop in the Garden has the best selection of gardening books in town. And what could be a better Christmas gift for a gardener than a gardening book? Here’s a list of my suggestions for books from the shop that would make ideal presents this year.
Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening (Stephen Orr)
Posted: December 2, 2011
Be sustainable and help green your community! Drop off your Christmas tree at UBC Botanical Garden so it can be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails. Submit your donations in the drop box (suggested donation $5) and help Bayview Elementary School to expand its garden. This garden is a SPEC School Garden project.
Please remove all decorations, tree stands, lights and tinsel. Christmas trees only please (no yard trimmings, as potential invasive plants can harm the Garden).
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On September 23, Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden, was awarded the Curtis J. Alley Western Region Award of Merit. The Curtis J. Alley award is the highest award given by the Western Region of the International Plant Propagator's Society for service to the region. Please join me in congratulating Douglas for receipt of this much-deserved honour.
More information on the International Plant Propagator's Society can be found on their website.
Posted: September 21, 2011
We walked down the wooden boardwalk, through the gate, down a short asphalt path and then suddenly we had entered another world filled with exotic trees, giant climbing vines and towering firs and cedars.
As I listened to my guide talk about some of the many interesting plants, I was awestruck by how big the trees were and how much biodiversity there was to see.
Posted: September 16, 2011
Researchers from UBC Botanical Garden and Japan’s Chiba University are collaborating on a study entitled, “Cross-cultural Analysis of Eye Movement During the Inspection of Several Types of Landscape Trees”
We are seeking interested Western-raised adults to volunteer up to 60 minutes of their time to participate in this eye-movement study on how Japanese pruned plants vs. Western pruned plants are “seen”.
Participants must be:
- between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive
- raised in a Western country (preferably, but not exclusively, Canada) since the age of 3
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Vancouver, May 31, 2011- This summer, each time you visit the spectacular and ever-changing UBC Botanical Garden, be sure to fill in a VIA Rail Garden Route contest ballot for a chance to win a round trip for two in VIA first class to Quebec City in the summer of 2012 to visit the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden and take in the sights of this lively and historic city. The contest began May 1st and runs to October 16th. Ballots are available at in the Shop in the Garden gift shop and at garden special events.
Posted: May 30, 2011
Posted: May 26, 2011
Posted: May 26, 2011
Following on last year's successful joint ticket program, attractions at UBC have again joined forces to offer you an incredible deal to experience the best that UBC has to offer.
Posted: May 10, 2011
We came across an interesting read about a cycad that may be the last one of its kind to grow in the wild on the npg.org website. E. woodii was alive with the dinosaurs, and has survived ice ages. The tree is male with no known female counterpart to mate with despite the best efforts of researchers who have search the Nyoga Forest and other areas of Africa looking for a mate.
Posted: May 2, 2011
Our friends at Metro Vancouver put together a short video explaining why it’s important to compost food scraps (a carbon-neutral process) instead of having them rot in the dump (creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas).
Posted: April 28, 2011
Mason bees don't make honey or even live in hives, but they are effective pollinators and are remarkably easy to attract to your garden.
This non-social cousin of the honeybee will help you grow more fruit, berries and vegetables and seems less vulnerable to some of the health problems that plague bee populations, both domesticated and wild.
Posted: April 18, 2011
Posted: April 10, 2011
Pretty soon you’re going to see signs for plant sales everywhere — outside schools, churches, community centres and public gardens.
This avalanche of horticultural entrepreneurialism happens every April and May. It’s as predictable as tulips following forsythia, daffodils blooming after witch hazel.
Mostly put on by garden clubs and societies, these sales are simply a way of raising a few extra dollars, often to pay for hall rentals or speaker programs and the like.
Posted: April 7, 2011
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Posted: November 26, 2010
The staff and volunteers at UBC Botanical Garden mourn the death of our friend, the Honourable David Lam, but celebrate his life and legacy. Among his numerous commendable attributes, Dr. Lam was a lover of plants and nature. He often related that he collected seed catalogues as a boy and dreamed about the garden he would someday have, and eventually made many lasting friendships as a result of his efforts in developing and supporting parks and gardens.
Posted: November 9, 2010
Posted: January 15, 2010
It's been very, very wet here in Vancouver lately. And, when the rain does stop, any sunshine to interrupt the grey skies is fleeting. To remind us of the Garden in the summertime, a strong supporter of the Garden, Agnes L., has sent along this presentation she's made, combining her observant photographs with the pleasant sounds of Eric Harry's "Spiritual Passage".
Thank you, Agnes, and my deepest apologies for taking so long to post this. However, I hope you'll agree it is a timely reminder of more clement weather and the Garden at its best.
Posted: October 29, 2009
The 19th Annual UBC Apple Festival attracted thousands of apple lovers this past weekend. Despite rain on Saturday eager festival goers lined up and waited patiently for the chance to buy their favourite apples, and to taste test over 60 varieties. To add to the excitement there were lots of activities like the "Longest Peel Contest" by Choices Market, a children's area, delicious apple products to eat, and much more. CNN was there to capture the action on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Watch the 4.5 minute video!
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