Garden Blog

Nitobe featured in Destination BC videos

Posted: July 25, 2014

Earlier this season the talented team at Steamy Windows Productions came out to the Nitobe Memorial Garden to film a tea ceremony for inclusion in a video for Destination BC. Check out the videos by clicking through.

Rain City Chronicles event announcement

Posted: July 25, 2014

UBC Botanical Garden is excited to partner with Rain City Chronicles to bring you a special storytelling event about The Great Outdoors in our Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre on August 9th.

July in the Garden

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.

2nd NAJGA Biennial Conference Explores the Japanese Garden’s Role for Society and Self

Posted: June 13, 2014



June in the Garden

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.

Garden Days - Canada's Celebration of Gardens

Posted: June 1, 2014


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.

Greenheart Canopy Walkway video

Posted: May 29, 2014

Have you always wondered what the Greenheart Canopy Walkway was like? Check it out in this short promo video. 

National Public Gardens Day – One Sustainable Way

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:

May in the Garden

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.

Garden tips with Egan Davis, Horticulture Training Program Instructor

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.


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