Garden Blog

April in the Garden

Posted: April 9, 2014

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.


Q&A with Curator Andy Hill

Posted: March 20, 2014

We are lucky to have very talented staff working with us and we'd like you to know more about them. This post is the beginning of a new blog feature of questions and answers with our staff. First up is Andy Hill, the Curator of the David C. Lam Asian Garden.



Where did that plant go?

Posted: March 13, 2014

(or, when good plants go bad.)


Friends of the Garden mentioned in the news

Posted: February 20, 2014

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.


Small Canadian communities not ready for climate change: study

Posted: February 3, 2014

Dramatic differences exist in how Canadian communities are preparing for the effects of climate change, says a UBC professor who helped prepare a report by the National Municipal Adaptation Project (NMAP), a team of university researchers assessing how Canada’s municipal governments are planning for climate adaptation and resiliency.

CBC News Covers Douglas Justice's Book Launch

Posted: December 2, 2013

Following up our blog entry on Douglas Justice's Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver (2014 edition), here is CBC News' coverage of the launch event.

Native Trees Toil to Take Root in Vancouver

Posted: November 26, 2013

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.


Douglas Justice's Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver: Book Launch on Nov. 26

Posted: November 19, 2013

Next Tuesday, Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections of UBC Botanical Garden, will launch his book, Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver (2014 edition).

HTP Students Help Lifted Rhododendrons for Move to New Home

Posted: November 1, 2013

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.


Japanese Garden Special Seminar: Tradition & Challenge of Japanese Garden

Posted: October 29, 2013

Our friends at Vancouver Japanese Gardeners' Association (VJGA) will be hosting a 2013 Japanese Garden Special Seminar: Tradition and Challenge of Japanese Garden Mr. Takuhiro Yamada preserving the essence and heritage for over 150 years and Mr. Hoichi Kurisu's life achievements since the inception of a healing garden abroad November 8-10, 2013 (Friday-Sunday)

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