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Community Shuttle to UBC Botanical Garden

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

Courtesy of the UBC TREK Program Centre:

TransLink's Community Shuttles are minibuses that fit well into communities, providing more service, connecting neighbourhoods and linking with the regional transit network.

"There are 3 community shuttle routes at UBC. C19 goes from Alma and Broadway along NW Marine to UBC. C20 covers destinations and residences on the west side of campus including Totem Park, the Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Gardens, the Museum of Anthropology and the Chan Centre. C22 serves residents on the east side of campus, e.g. Hampton Place and Fairview/Acadia."

To get to UBC Botanical Garden via public transit, take a bus to UBC and then board the C20, which stops outside of the Student Recreation Centre on Student Union Boulevard next to the diesel bus loop. The C20 runs throughout the day until midnight with service commencing at 7:15 am during weekdays and at 9:15 am and 10:15 am on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Note that the bus runs every 20 minutes during most of the day so be sure to check the schedule.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:25 PM on October 9, 2009




Little Billy has been Planted!

Category(-ies): 2009 Archives , Botanical Garden News

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UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is excited to announce that our new Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine) tree has been unveiled. At 11.5 feet tall he's a prominent addition to our entrance area. "Little Billy" as he's known, is the showcase piece of our new Prehistoric Plant Tour.

The tour is a self-guided experience that takes Garden visitors back in time to explore some of the early species of plants found within our plant collection. The experience should take visitors approximately 40 minutes to complete. Prehistoric Plant Tour maps are now on sale in our gatehouse.

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Grahame Brown (Managing Director at UBC Botanical Garden), Adriane Carr (Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada) and Kevin Lamb ( Australian Consul General and Manager of Austrade)

Posted by UBC Botanical Garden at 4:27 PM on May 22, 2009




Help Build an Amphitheatre for UBC Botanical Garden

Category(-ies): 2009 Archives , Botanical Garden News , Local Interest

Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre

Urgent Fundraising Need: $66,000

Help Build an Amphitheatre for UBC Botanical Garden (PDF).

The Roseline Sturdy Garden Amphitheatre is an inspiring new project for the UBC Botanical Garden which will offer a unique performance space for the University of British Columbia and Vancouver. Nestled in our lush and well-established gardens, the amphitheatre will itself be a work of art. The innovative design creates a performance area surrounded by curved and rising tiers of polished concrete with seating for up to 250 people. A canopy of trees planted in amongst the seating area will establish a natural flow between the amphitheatre and the Garden. Another outstanding design feature is a curving rammed-earth wall behind the stage that will enclose and define the performance area.

Two separate but connected sculptures, designed by the world-renowned artist William Pye, are integral to the amphitheatre design. Pye's tall, stainless steel water pillar will be located at the edge of the rammed earth wall, drawing visitors to the amphitheatre entrance. Inside, a reflecting pool near the seating area will provide a more contemplative and calming feature.

The minimum budget required to build the amphitheatre project is $500,000. A generous donor has committed $300,000 in matching funds, which gives us a two-and-a-half-to-one match on funds raised to complete the budget.

To date (May 5, 2009), we have already raised another $134,000. Thus, we need to raise $66,000 to complete the core budget.

The matching money, however, has a deadline attached to it. The amphitheatre project must be completed by November 2009. This means that there is an urgent need for UBC Botanical Garden to raise the remaining $66,000 to ensure construction commences as soon as possible.

Please take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to more than double your philanthropic dollars by donating to the UBC Botanical Garden amphitheatre project. Your donation today will help us achieve our fundraising goal. Year-end completion of the amphitheatre will mean an added attraction for visitors during the 2010 Olympics, and will allow the Garden to benefit fully from this one-time event.

For more details about the amphitheatre project, including opportunities for donor recognition, please see: Help Build an Amphitheatre for UBC Botanical Garden (PDF).

Contact:

Marcia Thomson
Development Officer
UBC Botanical Garden
Phone: 604-822-0623

Grahame Brown
Managing Director
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
Phone: 604-822-3928

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:47 PM on May 5, 2009




2006 December Holiday Hours (Revised)

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Revised: UBC Botanical Garden will remain open throughout December and January be closed on the afternoon of Dec 22 to Dec 26 inclusive. It will reopen on December 27-29 for regular winter hours. It will again close from Dec 30 to Jan 1 inclusive and reopen January 2. Apologies for any inconvenience the incorrect original posting may have caused.

Nitobe Memorial Garden will be closing on the afternoon of December 21 and reopening on the morning of January 2 with its regular winter hours.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:59 PM on December 19, 2006




“The Jade Garden” Nominated

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News , Kudos

UBC Botanical Garden's recent book, “The Jade Garden” was nominated for the 2006 Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.

Congratulations to the three main authors, Peter Wharton, Brent Hine and Douglas Justice and everyone else who contributed to the book.

Learn more about “The Jade Garden”, including links to excerpts from the book.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:18 AM on December 12, 2006




The Garden Shed

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Thanks to the initiative, persistence and hard work of the Friends of the Garden, UBC Botanical Garden can finally offer tea, coffee and other refreshments to visitors. Opened just in time for one of the hottest weekends in years, the newly-erected Garden Shed Cafe is conveniently located in a beautiful outdoor setting next to the Shop-in-the-Garden, just inside the entrance to the Garden itself.

Operating from a small but attractive new wooden building, the Garden Shed offers a range of drinks, snacks (from muffins to sandwiches) and ice cream. Tables and chairs under the nearby ginkgo tree provide an often-shady dining area. Willing staff and volunteers are available to serve all-comers between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Take a break after a visit to the Garden or stop in for tea or coffee and conversation!

The Garden Shed Cafe is the latest in a long line of important contributions to the UBC Botanical Garden by the Friends of the Garden, a volunteer group whose fund-raising and service work is invaluable.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:13 PM on August 3, 2006




Aerial Photographs of UBC Botanical Garden

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

UBC Botanical Garden
E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden

Earlier this summer, Alpine Garden curator Brent Hine had the opportunity to fly over the gardens in a small plane. As of the end of August, the lawn areas seen in the images are now shades of brown thanks to UBC Botanical Garden's water use policy.

Compared to what is currently available on Google Map's rendering of UBC Botanical Garden, the aerial photographs offer the opportunity to resolve individual trees, shrubs and mass plantings within the cultivated and naturalized landscapes that make up the garden. If you are interested, you can also compare the aerial photographs to the ground-level visitor's map of UBC Botanical Garden.

Another alternative way of viewing the garden from above is the City of Vancouver's VanMap (thanks Marilyn for the suggestion). It can be a bit slow to operate, but the 2004 orthograph of the garden is interesting because it was taken during the spring flowering of the magnolias.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:47 AM on August 31, 2005




Another review of The Jade Garden

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Bruce Dalbrack of The Asian Review of Books has written a review of UBC Botanical Garden's “The Jade Garden - New and Notable Plants from Asia”. He leads with “This is a nifty and highly recommended book for plant and garden enthusiasts wishing to expand their knowledge of Asian greenery.” and the praise (and a few criticisms!) continue from there.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:52 PM on August 18, 2005




The Latest Export From China - Garden Plants

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News , In the Media , Interviews

“Western explorers to China's remote regions form a pantheon of horticultural Indiana Joneses.”

So writes Andrew Higgins in a July 14, 2005 Washington Post article entitled “The Latest Export From China - Garden Plants” (registration required). The subject of the article is a review of UBC Botanical Garden's recently-released book, “The Jade Garden”. Written by three of UBC Botanical Garden's experienced horticulturists, the book illustrates one hundred and fifty little-known, ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials from Asia that ought to receive a more-prominent place in today's gardens.

The Jade Garden is available from the Shop in the Garden and other fine bookstores.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:12 AM on July 14, 2005




Endangered Sri Lankan Plants Live On in New Flower

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News , In the Media

From an article in UBC Reports, written by Brian Lin:

If you think naming your pet is stressful, try naming an entire species of flowers.

That's the task faced by UBC assistant professor Andrew Riseman at the Botanical Garden in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences**. But you won't hear him complain, because it took him a lot more work to create the flower he now has the privilege to name and is about to commercialize.

‘For the common name, I'm thinking of using something that has to do with the flower's vibrant colour, maybe a play on words from the blues genre,’ says Riseman. ‘However, I'd also like a name that honours Sri Lanka, where the five species of exacum used to create the new flower originated.’

Continue reading the article: Endangered Sri Lankan Plants Live On in New Flower

** The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences reported in the article has changed its name to The Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:46 AM on July 7, 2005




The Jade Garden - An Interview with the Authors

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

This is the first of a new occasional feature on the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research web site – interviews with notable botanists, horticulturists and other people with an interest in plants. It seemed appropriate that the first interview be with UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research's very own Douglas Justice, Peter Wharton and Brent Hine, in celebration of the publication of “The Jade Garden – New and Notable Plants from Asia”.

Continue reading "The Jade Garden - An Interview with the Authors"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:00 AM on June 21, 2005




The Jade Garden - New and Notable Plants from Asia

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

The Jade Garden

The Jade Garden - New and Notable Plants from Asia” is a landmark publication by three of UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research's curators: Peter Wharton, Brent Hine and Douglas Justice.

Continue reading "The Jade Garden - New and Notable Plants from Asia"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:22 AM on June 20, 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.

Continue reading "A Request for Help"

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




DIGA visits UBC

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

The Disabled Independent Gardeners Association (DIGA) has been reactivated in Vancouver (Vancouver Courier article on DIGA and its history). DIGA members enjoy a number of events, including a recent workshop and tour at UBC Botanical Garden hosted by David Tarrant and Judy Newton (DIGA Workshop Photographs - April 19, 2005 in PDF format). For more information on the Disabled Independent Gardeners Association and affiliated organizations, visit the web site of the Disability Foundation.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:12 PM on April 25, 2005




A Walk in the Woods

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Walk in the Woods Trail Opening

Thanks to an agreement between the University Neighbourhoods Association and the Botanical Garden, funding was made available to open a new trail at the far end of the Asian Garden for everyone to enjoy: “A Walk in the Woods”.

Continue reading "A Walk in the Woods"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:00 PM on April 14, 2005




Big Birds

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Along with the nesting pair of bald eagles in the garden, a few other large birds have dropped in or taken up residence:


  • To prepare the waterfall that feeds the entrance pond for the summer, the water has been drained to service the pumps. A great blue heron has taken this opportunity to clean out any surviving fish in the shallow pools of water that remain.

  • A barred owl has been spotted on consecutive days at the far end of the Asian Garden

  • The “pock-pock-pock” of North America's largest woodpecker, the pileated woodpecker, tapping into decaying standing trees is a frequent sound heard in the Asian Garden.

On a related note, if there are any birdwatchers with lists of birds seen at the garden referenced by date, I'd be happy to add the list to the web site as a service to other birdwatchers and visitors. Just click on my name below to send me an email.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:24 PM on March 23, 2005




Magnolias in bloom

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

In a typical year, the flowering of magnolias coincide with the “new season” in the garden; the time of year when the garden gears up to welcome its spring, summer and autumn visitors. Once again, a mild winter has put the two out of sync.

Continue reading "Magnolias in bloom"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:41 PM on March 3, 2005




Welcome Anew!

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Long-time visitors to the garden will note a few changes as the garden greets spring. Garden staff have been busy redesigning and renewing the main garden entrance.

Continue reading "Welcome Anew!"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 4:36 PM on March 2, 2005




Celebrating Canadian Heritage

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is proud to announce that it has joined Heritage Canada's and plans to participate in CHIN's Virtual Museum of Canada.

Continue reading "Celebrating Canadian Heritage"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:59 PM on February 11, 2005




Pursuing Plant Conservation

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News , Local Plant Conservation

“The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation (website link) is a global policy framework for botanic gardens worldwide to contribute to biodiversity conservation, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.” (source: BGCI International)

Continue reading "Pursuing Plant Conservation"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:59 AM on December 7, 2004




A New Addition to the Garden

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

The UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research has taken delivery of a splendid new addition: a 24 tonne granite boulder. This rock was deposited by glacial ice some 18,000 years ago on the flank of Hollyburn Mt, about 10 kms north of the garden. Its modern-day owner, Kathleen Whitehead, has generously donated it and arranged for it to be moved to the UBC Botanical Garden for all to appreciate.

Continue reading "A New Addition to the Garden"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:59 PM on November 22, 2004




Autumn 2004 Newsletter

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Read about the latest news and events at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research in the Autumn 2004 Newsletter (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view).

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 6:28 PM on October 12, 2004




Magnolia season begins

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta is starting to blossom.

Continue reading "Magnolia season begins"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 2:57 AM on March 2, 2004




New faces

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

There are some new faces for the new year at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

Continue reading "New faces"

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 3:34 AM on January 15, 2004




Garden Holiday Hours Reminder

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

UBC Botanical Garden is open every day throughout the holidays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Nitobe Memorial Garden is closed and will reopen January 5 at 10 AM. The Shop in the Garden is closed until January 19.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:05 AM on December 24, 2003




The Centre for Plant Research and Forest 2020

Category(-ies): Botanical Garden News

For details and photographs of the visit, please see:

UBC Centre for Plant Research Weblog - Forest 2020 Announcements

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 1:21 AM on November 28, 2003