Founders & Honorary FOGs
Gwynneth Quirk (1991)
Lyn Noble (1991)
David Tarrant (2000)
Judy Newton (2003)
Iain Taylor (2006)
Paula Rosen (2007)
Quentin Cronk (2008)
Janet Taylor (2013)
Friends Of The Garden
Founded in 1976, the Friends of the Garden or ‘FOGs’, are members of a volunteer-based branch of the botanical garden dedicated to assisting the UBC Botanical Garden in maintaining its position as a valued member of the University community and strengthening its reputation nationally and internationally as a world class centre for horticultural research and education. Comprising 160 active members, FOGs assist in the planning and execution of events, operation of specific garden features such as the Shop in the Garden, and play a critical role in fundraising and generating new membership. Being a FOG is more than just volunteering, it’s a commitment to upholding the mission of the garden, and ensuring that the garden remains a sanctuary for the preservation of both native and global biodiversity not only in the present, but also into the future.
Interested in joining? Click here to apply.
What we do:
In keeping with our mission to increase the profile of the garden, throughout the year FOGs organize and support important events at the Garden including the spring workshops and plant sale “A Growing Affair”, a plant sale in September, and the very popular Apple Festival in October. The Collectors’ Plant Auction is held every two years with up to 300 rare and unusual plants and exclusive live auction items to bid on at a Gala Dinner and social event.
FOGs also run the Shop in the Garden, raise thousands of unusual plants for sale, staff a Hort-Line service to answer gardening questions, provide guides for tours of the Garden and the Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden, organize the Garden library and mount specimens for the herbarium.
The FOGs weekly Wednesday meetings include a Show & Tell by a senior Garden Curator, walks in the Garden and a wide range of speakers.
In December the FOGs work with a vast selection of plants collected from the Botanical Garden by the Garden Staff to produce a spectacular range of holiday decorations available in the Shop in the Garden.
This is just a sampling of FOG activities and new ideas are constantly being explored.
Join the FOGs:
Limited to 160 active members, each year new FOGs take part in an orientation and training session that usually commences in September and costs $75.00. Annual dues of $40.00 are paid by all members and include membership in the UBC Botanical Garden. Community awareness, willingness to work with others, dedication, and a positive attitude are several of the many traits that embody the spirit of the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden.
Becoming a Friend of the Garden requires a significant commitment of time and energy (at least 150 hours per year including Wednesday meetings), but has additional benefits, such as guest lecturers, field trips and unlimited access to the Botanical Garden and its facilities.
Not enough time to be a FOG?
As of mid-2010, the Garden has initiated a volunteer program for people who wish to make occasional contributions of time to the Garden. The Garden is developing a list of volunteer opportunities, so if you have a few hours per week to commit or the ability to help with the occasional weekend event, we're interested in hearing from you!
You can support the garden by becoming a garden member. More information is available in our membership section.