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Holiday Wreath Sale (2005)

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This year's annual Holiday Wreath Sale takes place from November 22 and continues on to December 2 (or until the wreaths are sold out).

Christmas wreaths and arrangements, featuring plants from the garden, are handmade by the Friends of the Garden. All proceeds support research, education and plant conservation at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

For more information:

UBC Holiday Wreath Sale

Posted by Eric La Fountaine at 11:33 AM on November 23, 2005

Dr. John Hodges Lecture on Sustainable Agriculture

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Noted author and speaker on agricultural trends, Dr. John Hodges will present a lecture titled, Sustainable Agriculture and Food are now at Risk at events in Vancouver, Victoria and Abbotsford, sponsored by the Vancouver branch of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The presentations will be open to BCIA members, students and the general public. Fees are $10, $5 for students and $15 at the door.

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Posted by Eric La Fountaine at 10:16 AM on November 9, 2005

David Suzuki - Why Biodiversity Matters in a Changing World

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How did life diversify? What are the ecological interconnections in biodiversity? How does biodiversity matter to us? And, one of today's most pressing questions, how much biodiversity can we afford to lose?

David Suzuki will present a lecture titled, Why biodiversity matters in a changing world on October 13 at 7:00 pm at the UBC Life Sciences Centre - West Atrium - 2350 Health Sciences Mall. This is the inaugural public lecture in a series being presented by the Beaty Museum of Natural History of the UBC Biodiversity Research Centre.

In this public lecture series, prominent scientists, artists, and public figures will share their perspectives on biodiversity. For more info and to obtain free tickets (required for admission) go to www.biodiversity.ubc.ca or call 604-822-0862.

Posted by Eric La Fountaine at 2:46 PM on October 4, 2005

Apple Festival (2005)

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Updated October 6, 2005 at 12:36 pm: This year, a special treat for the kids – the Hare Caper. Children can hunt for hares at child-friendly places around the Festival, concluding with a visit to the minotaur sculpture (see below).

A family event for all ages, UBC Botanical Garden's 15th Annual Apple Festival takes place this year on October 15th and 16th from 11 AM to 4 PM.

For more information and the latest news, please visit the UBC Apple Fest web page or check out the poster! Also, don't forget that this year, there are two special guests in the garden: a minotaur and a hare.

Have a question about apples? Start a new discussion thread in UBC Botanical Garden's Fruit Trees online forum!

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 5:07 PM on September 29, 2005

Apple Festival Poster (2005)

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Help us promote the UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival!

Place this eye-catching poster, featuring the work of a local young artist, in local gathering places and help us invite the Greater Vancouver community to come and enjoy British Columbian apples and more!

Apple Festival 2005 Poster (in PDF format, 142 KB)

UBC Apple Festival

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 4:27 PM on September 29, 2005

Autumn Events and Courses (2005)

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In the line-up for this autumn at UBC:


Courses and Lectures

Holiday Wreath Sale

Gifts and Unique Items from the Shop in the Garden

For an easy-to-print summary, download: Autumn 2005 UBC Botanical Garden Events and Courses (PDF)

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:42 PM on September 29, 2005

28th Annual Indoor Plant Sale (2005)

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UBC Botanical Garden hosts its 28th Annual Indoor Plant Sale this September 15 and 16. Always a popular event with plant enthusiasts and students, the sale is a great way to decorate a dorm room or office on a budget. Plants will be sold from 11am to 6pm near the entrance of the garden. Come early for the best selection!

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:36 PM on September 7, 2005

2005 Maple Society Symposium

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Update: September 23, 2005 @ 12:36 PM: Registration for the symposium will be closed as of September 23 at 4:30 PM Vancouver time.

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is proud to host the 2nd International Maple Society Symposium from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. The program includes talks by local and international maple experts and growers, tours, and a banquet and auction. Registration is open to everyone (registration form (PDF).

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:12 PM on September 7, 2005

TREEFEST at Riverview

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The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society is presenting TREEFEST on Sunday September 18 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Henry Esson Young (HEY) Building at Riverview Hospital. The event will offer tours of the grounds, featuring the historic trees planted at the site when it was originally developed as Essondale (the forerunner of the UBC Botanical Garden). There will be activities and entertainment for the whole family. Admission is free. For more information visit the RHC Society events page.

Posted by Eric La Fountaine at 11:29 AM on August 29, 2005

Minotaur Unleashed!

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The “Minotaur with Hare” by UK artist Sophie Ryder is on display at UBC Botanical Garden for 18 months as part of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale: Open Spaces 2005/2006. Weighing 800kg and measuring 2.7m (7') tall, the minotaur will overlook a soon-to-be-constructed traditional turf maze, representing the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:38 PM on August 11, 2005

All-America Selections Field Day

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Zinnia 'Magellan Coral'

What are All-America Selections?

All-America Selections is a non-profit organization founded in 1933. It is supported by seed producers who, through their host sites, trial new varieties of flowers and vegetables to select the best for introduction to the market. Varieties are coded during judging so their name, origin, and company are anonymous. Judging criteria are standardized at all trial plots.

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research's trial garden on Totem Field, run by Dr. Andrew Riseman, is one of the 32 flower trial gardens in the US, Canada and Mexico. The wide geographical distribution of the trial gardens enables a full evaluation of the same variety's performance in different climates.

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 4:39 PM on July 18, 2005

Mythical Monster Arriving in UBC Botanical Garden!

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The New Home for the Mythical Creature

Who, or rather what, will make this nondescript concrete pad under a Quercus robur its home for the next two years?

Time will tell - we're expecting the creature to arrive soon! We've had to navigate through a labyrinth of tasks to secure the monster, so we hope you'll appreciate the temporary visitor!

Update (July 15, 2005 12:00 PM PST): The truck delivering the creature has had some mechanical problems that are going to delay delivery by perhaps a week or more.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:06 AM on July 14, 2005

Calling All Gardeners of Herbs, Foods and Medicinals!

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The BC Herb Growers Association is hosting its Annual Summer Networking Event on August 13th & 14th, 2005 at the Kelowna Land & Orchard facilities. Sign up for a weekend of workshops related to the herb growing industry and tantalize your senses with exhibits featuring soothing & delicious herbal delights. BC Herb Growers Association Members are eager to showcase their quality BC herbal products.

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 4:49 PM on July 12, 2005

The Oudolfian Style

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Piet Oudolf, the internationally renowned plantsman, innovative garden designer, and author, will present a slide lecture on July 18, 2005 at 7:30pm in the IRC Building (UBC Campus).

Some projects that have gained Piet international attention are the “Dream Park” in Enkoping, Sweden, Gold Medal for Best in Show, Chelsea 2000, and The Gardens of Remembrance at The Battery in New York.

For more information about Piet and lecture details, see: The Oudolfian Style.

Updated July 17, 2005 at 10:41 pm PST: Tickets for this event are sold out!

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:39 PM on July 12, 2005

Attn: Columbia Valley Gardeners!

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From the press release:

Water has long been a problem in the drought-prone Columbia Valley. Despite large amounts of rain this year, it is anticipated that the months of July and August will see parched gardens and water restrictions. Simple water conservation techniques are useful for optimising water use while maintaining and enhancing gardens.

The College of the Rockies and the Columbia Valley Botanical Garden, with funding support from the Columbia Basin Trust, are holding a workshop on fire and waterwise landscaping at College of the Rockies Invermere Campus July 15-16. The workshop will comprise of an evening lecture and a field tour the following morning.

Among the many highlights of the workshop is the lecture by Michael Keefer, an expert on native plants and landscaping. For information on registration, fees and special instructions, please see: Fire and Waterwise Landscaping in the Kootenays (PDF)

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:32 PM on July 12, 2005

Peter Beales Rose Talk in Victoria

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The Peninsular Rose Club of Victoria and The Canadian Rose Society are sponsoring world-renowned rose expert, Peter Beales, who will speak on roses and sign his newest book A Passion For Roses. The talk will be held at 3pm on July 10, 2005 at the David Lam Auditorium at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC. Admission is $10. For further information please visit the Peninsular Rose Club�s event announcement.

Posted by Eric La Fountaine at 1:34 PM on June 14, 2005

Parking for the Perennial Plant Sale (2005)

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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

Perennial Plant Sale (2005)

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If you love unique plants, then you'll love the 15th annual Perennial Plant Sale. This year the sale is on May 8th, 2005 from 10am to 4pm, and like previous years, is sited at the garden's entrance. UBC's largest plant sale features hundreds of proven perennials, as well as small shrubs, grasses, and as many unusual plants as can be cultivated for the sale.

Gardening experts will be on hand, and a children's corner is available.

For more information: Perennial Plant Sale

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:04 AM on April 28, 2005

Bedding Plant Sale (2005)

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The Horticulture Greenhouse (map) is hosting a sale featuring bedding plants, hanging baskets, moss baskets and more. On May 6, hours are from 9am to 5pm. From May 7 to May 27, hours are 9am to 3pm on Monday to Friday. Please see the poster for more details.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:58 PM on April 25, 2005

The Plants, Art and Hardscape of Little and Lewis

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Celebrated internationally as artists and gardeners, George Little and David Lewis open the gates to their renowned garden retreat and share the personalities and enthusiasms that have shaped its wild fantasia of plants, hardscape and art. Little and Lewis are long-time collaborators whose concrete sculptures and installations have been collected around the world.

For more information: The Plants, Art and Hardscape of Little and Lewis

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:55 PM on January 28, 2005

Rare Magnolia Sale (2005)

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Over 50 rare magnolias will be available for sale in 2005. Advance orders are being accepted.

Please see Rare Magnolia Sale (PDF) for details on plants being offered and contact details.

Update January 26, 2005: Only two plants remain!

Another sale with these cultivars and more is planned for early 2007, details to follow soon!

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:32 PM on December 22, 2004