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Christmas Tree Recycling at UBC Botanical Garden (2010/2011)

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Christmas Tree Recycling at UBC Botanical Garden

Dates: Sunday December 26, 2010 to Sunday January 9, 2011

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm daily

Location: UBC Botanical Garden parking lot, at 6804 South West Marine Dr. (first left after 16th Ave. when driving north on SW Marine Dr)

Event Description: All donations raised through the UBC Botanical Garden's Christmas tree recycling program will be directed to support educational projects at local schools. This year we are supporting the David Thompson Secondary School garden.

A description of the project from the school:

"The David Thompson Secondary School garden includes a greenhouse and outdoor raised beds that are used by classes at the school. One example use is that students in cooking class harvest materials and contribute them to the food served in the cafeteria. At this point, their contribution to the cafeteria is small, but it's a start. They are looking forward to doing more so they can continue to explore the joy of growing, harvesting and cooking healthy and nutritious locally grown food. A lot of effort has also gone into starting up a garden club, which began this year and has big plans for the spring. The garden club is excited to use the funds that will be donated from the UBC Botanical Garden Christmas Tree Recycling Program, to acquire the necessary supplies for starting seedlings in the New Year. These seedlings will be grown and maintained by the students in the club, so they can enjoy hands-on learning opportunities, and nurture an understanding and respect for the environment, food, health, and the cycles of life. As the 2011 Christmas Tree Recycling Program recipients, the students are also looking forward to field trips at UBC Botanical Garden and having Garden staff visit the students at their school."

Be sustainable and drop off your Christmas tree to be chipped into mulch that will be used on UBC Botanical Garden trails. Please remove all decorations, tree stands, lights and tinsel. Christmas trees only please (no yard trimmings, as potential invasive plants can harm the Garden). Submit your donations in the drop box when you drop off your tree (suggested donation $5).

UBC Botanical Garden 2010 Christmas Tree Recycling

Do you have suggestions for next year's project? Please contact the Garden. For information call 604-822-4208.

Bonus reading from the Recycling Council of British Columbia:

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:06 PM on December 3, 2010

Handmade Wreaths and Decorative Items (2010)

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Shop for beautiful and fresh Christmas wreaths, door swags, table centres and Christmas baskets from the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden (FOGs), made with unusual evergreens,
colourful berries and exotic foliage collected in the Botanical Garden and from the gardens of FOGs. Special care in wreath construction ensures that the wreaths will last
to the end of February and beyond (with a regular and generous spritz of water). Baskets and door swags are also available.

  • Only 300 or so unique decorations are made, so come early for the best selection
  • Prices start at $40 depending on size
  • Fresh supplies arrive in the Shop each day
  • Proceeds support UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

Call 604-822-4529 for more information or see the Holiday Wreath Sale page for additional details.

UBC Botanical Garden 2010 Holiday Wreath Sale

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:43 PM on November 26, 2010

2010 December - 2011 January Holiday Hours

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UBC Botanical Garden will be open by donation from December 25 to January 3 inclusive. The gatehouse will reopen on January 4 for regular winter hours and fees.

Nitobe Memorial Garden will be closed from December 25 to January 3 inclusive. It will reopen on the morning of January 4 with its regular winter hours.

The Shop in the Garden will be closed from December 24 to January 11 inclusive. It will reopen on January 12 with its regular winter hours.

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway will be closed from December 25 to January 3. It will reopen on January 4 with its regular winter schedule.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:20 PM on November 26, 2010

Boootiful Botany Haunted Hallowe'en Event 2010

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DATE: Saturday, October 30, 2010.
TIME: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver.
ADMISSION: By Donation.

DESCRIPTION: This exciting event will begin with a self-guided trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, where children and their families work together to find a number of spooky plants in the Garden. At each stop they'll learn unusual facts about plants, while receiving Hallowe'en treats. Participants can then enjoy a Hallowe'en craft and game.

Don't forget to wear your costume!

Please Note: This event will occur rain or shine. Dogs are not permitted in UBC Botanical Garden. Garden admission for participants is by donation during the event. Please contact 604-822-4208 for more information. Pre-registration is not required and all aspects of the event are on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limited parking on-site. Additional parking may be available on Southwest Marine Drive, Old Marine Drive, in the Thunderbird Parkade and at Thunderbird Stadium.

The C20 transit shuttle runs from the campus bus-loop to the Garden, while the 41 bus stops along 16th Avenue, one block south of the Garden. For more details about transit options, including information about cycling routes, please visit Translink.

UBC Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization committed to the environment and local communities. Donations are graciously accepted so that we may continue to offer this type of programming.

For more information please visit the following links:

2010 Indoor Plant Sale

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:08 PM on October 18, 2010

33rd Annual Indoor Plant Sale (2010)

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The Friends of the Garden host the 33rd Annual Indoor Plant Sale on September 16th and 17th, 2010.

Always a popular event with students, UBC faculty and staff, and indoor plant enthusiasts, the sale is a great way to find some "plant therapy"! Plants will be sold from 11 am to 5 pm near the entrance of the garden. Come early for the best selection!

2010 Indoor Plant Sale

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:44 PM on September 13, 2010

It's VIA Rail Garden Route Contest time!

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Win round trip travel for two people, in VIA First Class, to Ottawa to see the Canadian Tulip Festival in May 2011. Included is three nights accommodation for two people, courtesy of The Canadian Tulip Festival.

Contest runs from May 1, 2010 ­ October 17, 2010 and is open to Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority. Enter in person in our Shop in the Garden or at our events throughout the summer.

Read more about the Via Rail garden route or view the Via Rail Garden Route Contest Poster (PDF).

Via Rail and Canadian Tulip Festival

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:17 AM on June 11, 2010

Become a Garden Guide (2010)

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UBC Botanical Garden's Guiding program is open to anyone who is interested in learning and sharing their enthusiasm of the Garden, plants, sustainability, the environment and/or biodiversity with the public. It's a great way to meet people, learn something new and enjoy the all benefits of the longest operating University Botanical Garden in Canada.

Contrary to popular belief you don't actually need to be a "plant expert" to be a Garden Guide, you learn to be one through the program.

We ask that people be able to walk outside for the length of a standard tour (approximately one hour), speak English fluently and attend one of our training sessions plus two "shadow tours" where they join in and observe one of our more experienced guides in action. The commitment requirement that we ask is a minimum of two tours per month during our peak season (May - Sept).

June Training Sessions:
Sunday, June 20th, from 10am to 2:30pm
Tuesdays June 15th and 22nd, from 7pm-9pm (must attend both)

If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide or would like more information, please contact Ingrid Hoff at or 604-861-3005.

Read more on Volunteering at UBC Botanical Garden.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:20 PM on May 27, 2010

Dr. Tetsuo Koyama and Makino Botanical Garden

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On May 26 at 1:30pm, Dr. Tetsuo Koyama of Makino Botanical Garden will present a special lecture to the public and the university community. The lecture will be held in UBC Botanical Garden's Reception Centre (Directions to UBC Botanical Garden).

Makino Botanical Garden (Kōchi Kenritsu Makino Shokubutsuen) is located in Kochi city, southern Shikoku island and opened to the public in 1958. It commemorates the achievements of Dr. Tomitaro Makino, commonly regarded as the father of Japanese botany. It contains roughly 3000 species of plants. These include collections of Rhododendron, Acer, Chrysanthemum, serpentine and limestone plants as well as those of Kochi prefecture. Dr. Tetsuo Koyama has been director of this garden since 1999, when he brought his considerable knowledge as Senior Curator and Director of Asian Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.

Whether conducting plant surveys and inventories to contribute to a Flora of Myanmar or enriching relationships with North American institutions, Makino Botanical Garden's research partnerships are international in scope. Its commitment is to making a difference in the world's plant life and helping to draw an important connection between the profound relationship between plants and people. With that in mind, Dr. Koyama will visit the garden on Wednesday May 26th, preliminary to undertaking research on local populations of plants that are also found in Japan.

We are fortunate for this opportunity to welcome Dr. Koyama and look forward to his words on the Garden he has had an integral part in developing into an internationally renowned botanical institute.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:35 PM on May 20, 2010

Young Explorers Summer Day Camp - Registration now open

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Send your child on an environmental and recreational adventure at Canada's oldest continually operating university botanical garden.

Young Explorers Summer Day Camp is a weeklong environmental and recreational adventure for children aged 7-11. The camp will create life-long connections with nature, wildlife, plants, science, and the environment through games, crafts and exploration in our 44.5 hectare (110 acre) Garden, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, and the UBC campus.

Please visit Young Explorers Summer Day Camp for additional important information and the registration page for the registration package and details regarding the registration process and cancellation policy.

Young Explorers Summer Day Camp

Posted by Katie Teed at 8:18 PM on April 30, 2010

Spring Festival and Plant Sale (2010)

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2010 Spring Festival and Plant Sale Poster

Calling all gardeners, new and expert! Looking for hard-to-find plants? Seeking quality stalwarts that will launch a new garden successfully? Searching for "just the right" plant to fit that garden trouble spot? The annual Spring Festival and Plant Sale at UBC Botanical Garden has what you are looking for.

Speaker Series

Perennial Plants - Plants for Problem Places and More
Julie Lane-Gay, Friend of the UBC Botanical Garden

Natural Selections - Using Native Plants in Your Garden
Dawn Hanna, President, Native Plant Society of BC

Bees - Importance, Relationship with Nature, Beekeeping and More
Allen Garr, Vancouver Journalist and Beekeeper

Growing Vegetables
Ingrid Hoff, Horticultural Manager, UBC Botanical Garden

Troubleshooting in the Garden - Common Pests and Diseases
Ingrid Hoff, Horticultural Manager, UBC Botanical Garden

Plant Lists

The Friends of the Garden are pleased to share the list of plants available at the 2010 Spring Festival and Plant Sale .

Please note: Plants are only available in limited quantities. Some plants on the list may not be available, due to extenuating circumstances (but not because of presales — there are no presales for this event — the FOGs have always been committed to making sale items available to the public first).

Every effort is made to ensure that plants for sale are not encumbered by any sale restrictions. Also, it is our intention to conform to the guidelines set out by the Convention on Biological Diversity. If a mistake has been made and a plant is for sale that should not be, please contact us.

Additional information is available via the Spring Festival and Plant Sale page.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:10 PM on April 30, 2010

Earth Day Celebration at UBC Botanical Garden (2010)

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2010 Earth Day Poster

To celebrate Earth Day, on Saturday April 24th, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the UBC Botanical Garden will be offering the public 25% off the regular Garden and Greenheart Canopy Walkway admission rates. This discount is not in addition to other forms of discounts that are already available.

Greenheart Canopy Walkway tours will occur on the hour. The Canopy Walkway tour is an exciting aerial adventure in the tree-tops, where participants learn about the forest ecosystem, First Nations, the environment, and the Canopy Walkway's purpose and contribution in conserving natural habitats and green-spaces through eco-tourism.

UBC Botanical Garden tours will be offered at various points throughout the day. Garden tours will showcase spring features in the Garden, including emerging plant growth, spectacular smells and beautiful flowers, while participants will learn about the global plant collection at the Garden, conservation, native ecosystems and relationships in nature.

Please see UBC Botanical Garden fees for information about normal admission rates.

For information about this event, please contact 604-822-4208.

Information for school groups:

An equivalent discount is available to school groups until the end of April. If you would like information or to arrange a school group booking involving this discount, please contact 604-690-5375 or email Nadine Diner.

Directions to UBC Botanical Garden and Greenheart Canopy Walkway

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:52 PM on April 19, 2010

Peter Wharton Lecture

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Peter Wharton

Peter Wharton was the much admired curator of the UBC Botanical Garden's David C. Lam Asian Garden.

The Peter Wharton Lecture was established to honour Peter's memory and legacy. This lecture will take place in UBC's Chan Centre at 7pm on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Peter Raven as the speaker for the first lecture in this new series. Dr. Raven, who holds a Ph.D. In Botany from the University of California, Los Angeles and taught at Stanford University, has been the Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden since 1971. Dr. Raven is a widely published author, and an impassioned and sought after speaker on the topic of biodiversity and species conservation.

Dr. Peter H. Raven

Dr. Peter Raven will be speaking on the topic of "China's Biodiversity: History, Current Status, and Prospects for the Future".

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and can be purchased online or by visiting the Chan Centre Box office.

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC is located at 6265 Crescent Road (phone: 604.822.9197).

Reception to follow at the nearby Sage Bistro.

For additional information, see:

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:34 PM on March 26, 2010

Cherry Blossom Viewing at Nitobe Memorial Garden (2010)

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Spring is in the air!

Escape the stresses of everyday life at Ohanami, the the 26th annual celebration of cherry blossoms presented by the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society at UBC's Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Asian Centre in cooperation with the UBC Department of Asian Studies and UBC Botanical
Garden and Centre for Plant Research. This event is offered in partnership with Asia Voilà 2010 (see Asia Voilà poster attached below).

Time (Ohanami): 12:00 - 8:00 p.m (Asia Voilà runs from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., so enjoy both events in one visit!)
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Place: Nitobe Memorial Garden and Asian Centre, UBC - 1895 Lower Mall
Note: Entrance Fees may apply. Free for UBC students, faculty, and staff. (UBC ID cards required) .

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Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:03 PM on March 26, 2010

Experience Winter!

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Experience Winter at UBC Botanical Garden

Experience Winter at UBC Botanical Garden during the Games (Feb 12-28 & Mar 12-21, 2010)!

UBC Botanical Garden is welcoming the world by launching new winter programming!


  • Daily drop-in tours 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Winter scavenger hunt with treats*
  • Children's winter activity sheet*
  • Canopy Walkway tours
  • Canadian and locally made gifts featured in our Shop In the Garden

(*complimentary with admission)



  • UBC Botanical Garden: 6804 SW Marine Drive (directions)
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden: 1895 Lower Mall (directions)

For more information, call 604-822-4208.

For complete transit information, visit translink.ca.

Posted by UBC Botanical Garden at 2:06 PM on February 8, 2010