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In Honour of Dr. Inazo Nitobe

Category(-ies): Local Interest

As part of renovations at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) in Victoria, British Columbia, land adjacent to the Pemberton Memorial Chapel has been set aside for a garden to honour Dr. Inazo Nitobe (also honoured at UBC's Nitobe Memorial Garden), who died at RJH on October 15, 1933.

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:44 AM on May 29, 2005

A Request for Help

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News , Local Interest

Thank you for your support on this matter. June 10, 2005 was the final day for submission of comments. The next step will be to see if the plan is revised based on your input.

Our Beliefs

At UBC Botanical Garden, we've many beliefs, including the following:

1) We believe in UBC's Trek 2010 Vision and Mission, and its five pillars of people, learning, research, community and internationalization.

2) In accordance with Trek 2010, we believe that one of our greatest responsibilities is to serve the local and global communities. We do this through the activities we perform and the services we provide. The botanical garden is used not only for amenity, but also for basic and applied research, for academic learning, for communicating the research and academic missions of the university to the general public, for lifelong learning, for community outreach and for engendering appreciation and stewardship of the natural world.

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:55 AM on May 28, 2005

Planning a Trip to Scotland?

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are pleased to announce a reciprocal agreement to benefit their members.

UBC Garden Pass Members can now visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its specialist gardens at Benmore, Dawyck and Logan free of charge on production of a valid UBC Botanical Garden Pass Membership Card (note: the garden in Edinburgh is free admittance to everyone, but the specialist gardens charge for entry). A similar benefit is available to members of RBGE when visiting UBC.

We highly recommend that UBC Garden Pass Members take advantage of this offer - the gardens maintained by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are top-notch and well worth the visit.

If you're not a Garden Pass Member, you can find more information about the benefits of becoming a Garden Pass Member or download a membership form!

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:43 PM on May 26, 2005

Web Site Reviewed

Category(-ies): Web Site News

Dr. Scott Russell of the University of Oklahoma runs “Scott's Botanical Links”, a site that features commentary and review of a plant-oriented web site every weekday.

For the May 19, 2005 entry, Dr. Russell reviewed this web site, which may be of interest to some site visitors. While the review was positive, I think the site can still be better -- if you have any comments about the site (e.g., “I want to find this information, but it is difficult.” or “Why don't you have this on the site?”), please send me an email (click on my name below).

Dr. Russell also mentions a botanical news page. If you are interested in checking it out, that page is here - it features recent items from UBC Botanical Garden's Photo of the Day, Scott's Botanical Links and Botanical Electronic News.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:37 AM on May 24, 2005

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed

Category(-ies): Local Interest , UBC Lectures and Courses

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed” is a newly released book by Vancouver author John Vaillant. The tale weaves the story of the people and circumstances leading to the 1997 felling of the golden spruce near Port Clements in the Queen Charlotte Islands, the disappearance of the man who cut down the tree and the repercussions in the local communities.

John Vaillant will be lecturing on the golden spruce and his book on Thursday, May 12 (7:30pm to 9pm) as part of UBC's Talk of the Town lecture series. The free public lectures are held at the UBC Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver. Although the lecture is free, pre-registration is requested (604-822-5675 or info.talkofthetown@ubc.ca) to ensure that the audience can be properly accomodated.

A comprehensive set of links and the UBC Botanical Garden connection to the golden spruce can be read in the Botany Photo of the Day entry on Picea sitchensis 'Aurea'.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:21 AM on May 9, 2005

Parking for the Perennial Plant Sale (2005)

Category(-ies): 2005 Archives

Parking for this year's Perennial Plant Sale is available at the West Parkade, near Gate 6. Parking rates are $3.50/day. A free shuttle bus will be available to transport you between the parkade and the garden.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:03 PM on May 4, 2005