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Operating Hours

UBC Botanical Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

 

Shop in the Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

 

Nitobe Memorial Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

 

Greenheart Canopy Walkway

Daily 10 am to 4 pm
(last tour at 3 pm)

 Volunteers Needed!

UBC Botanical Garden is seeking volunteers to lead 60-minute drop-in tours throughout the summer and fall. Guides play a vital role in our mission by bringing the collection to life through engaging educational interactions with garden visitors. For this role, we are seeking people who are passionate about ecology and botany, eager to share their knowledge with others and interested in learning more about the plant world and biodiversity.

Learn more about volunteer opportunties on our website.

 Drop-in Tours are back!

Guided ‘drop-in’ tours at the UBC Botanical Garden are back starting Friday, July 4th at 1pm. Available a few times a week; our exciting 60-minute tours include an introduction to our Asian, Food and Physics gardens.  Tours are available with the prize of admission and are led by staff and trained volunteer garden guides.

With over 12,000 plants covering 78 acres (31.5 hectares), the UBC Botanical Garden cultivates and displays significant plant groups set within the backdrop of a lush temperate forest.  Come learn more about our history, or collection and our community!

• Pre-registration is not required.
• Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Tours for groups are available by appointment only.

For more information on tours visit our website.

Membership

The best way to enjoy everything the gardens at UBC have to offer is through a membership, which includes admission to both UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden. Membership is an investment in your community and a valuable way of supporting the future of the gardens.

We’ve just revamped our membership program and have great new benefits to offer. Visit our website for more details.

About the Garden

Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world.

Celebrate summer solstice with a unique performance by the captivating vertical dance group, Aeriosa, while exploring Vancouver’s most exciting eco-adventure attraction, Greenheart Canopy Walkway. Spectators will be able to see a captivating fusion of rock-climbing skill and contemporary dance movement perched on viewing platforms high in the treetops on the canopy walkway.

The talented dancers will explore movement three dimensionally in space with both horizontal and vertical movements made possible by their special rigging set up in the trees.  The experience will shift your perspective as it combines art, nature and community in one spectacular show.  Aeriosa Artistic Director Julia Taffe says,  “Trees are a witness of time.” So let this be your time to shed spring and witness the longest day of the year with an unforgettable experience.

Performance

June 21, 6:00pm – 7:30pm (family-friendly). Ticket Prices:  adults $20, children $10, family $50

June 21, 8:00pm – 9:30pm (adults only – includes wine and cheese). Ticket Price:  adults $30

* Limited number of tickets available for purchase for walkway viewing. Please let us know if you have mobility issues as we have available a limited number of ground-level seats. Included in the adults only ticket price is one glass of wine and a selection of appetizers.

Rehearsal
We welcome the public to purchase regular canopy walkway access to watch rehearsals. During rehearsal, expect to see dancers suspended from trees as Artist Director Julia Taffe directs them to perfect their routine for final performances. Canopy Walkway access costs just $20 for an adult with discounted rates for seniors, students, children and families. Access to watch rehearsals are also included in annual Garden membership for members who have upgraded to include the canopy walkway. Rehearsals will be taking place on June 10 – 13 & June 16 – 19 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Location
UBC Botanical Garden at 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver. Free parking available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. A guide will greet and lead you to the canopy walkway.

For more information and to reserve your ticket visit our website.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Bring your dad for free to UBC Botanical Garden!

Come and celebrate Fathers’ Day at UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden with free garden admission for all dads all weekend during Garden Days June 13-15, 2014! Fathers are also eligible for special $10 Greenheart Canopy Walkway pricing all weekend.*

There will also be free drop-in garden tours for all visitors on Saturday June 14 & 15 at 1 pm each day at UBC Botanical Garden.

We know that every family is different and welcome fathers, step-fathers, child-mentors, foster-fathers and all father-figures to join us for this special promotion!

For more information on Garden Days visit the official website.

*Father’s garden admission is free with another paid admission of any category. Father’s $10 admission for the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is applicable only with another paid admission of any category.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

The Shop in the Garden now has the first four books of the exciting new series of Plant Lover’s Guides from Timber Press, highlighting snowdrops, sedums, salvias and dahlias.

Each book provides up-to-date information on hybrids, cultivars and species, and is accompanied by excellent photography of both the plants and the gardens that feature them.

Also new is Formenton Pottery in cheerful designs – good quality and excellent value; particularly popular is the robin motif. As well, new Teflon covered tablecloths, perfect for outdoor dining (but nice enough to use indoors) in colours and style reminiscent of Provence.

In our Garden Centre, keep your eye out for our plants with yellow tags. These are grown by the Friends of the Garden from seeds, cuttings or divisions from their own gardens or here at the UBC Botanical Garden. 100% of these sales support UBCBG. Choose from our selection of native plants to help support local biodiversity in your neighbourhood. The Garden Centre carries a broad selection of commercial plants suitable for smaller gardens, SeaSoil and garden ornaments.

To keep up to date as new products come in to the shop between the Garden’s monthly email newsletters you can sign up to receive periodic email from the shop by clicking here. You can also follow us on social media:  twitterfacebook and instagram Our username on all three of these social networks is “ubcgarden” – follow us for the latest!.

– See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Winter Harvests from Small Spaces

June 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

 

Learn to grow healthy food year-round in containers, community gardens, backyards, rooftops and more.

Students will learn about: 

  • site assessment for winter gardens
  • basic winter gardening considerations
  • common garden pests
  • how and when to harvest food

Students will get hands-on experience with: 

  • selecting food plants for small space production
  • sowing seeds for winter production
  • transplanting seeds

Learn more and register.

 

Organic Pest Control: Plant Protection for Food Gardens

July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

 

Got bugs on your balcony? Wilted plants in your yard? Join us as we explore organic pest management for food gardens with practical tips for creating lush and healthy gardens.

Students will learn about: 

  • Common pests in the garden
  • Organic pest control options
  • Importance of plant diversity for healthy gardens

Students will get hands-on experience with: 

  • Assessing plant health
  • Identifying garden insects
  • Using organic pest controls

 Learn more and register.

The verdant exuberance of June foliage is sometimes difficult to equal with flowers, but there are a number of ornamentals that manage the task. Among the commoner June flowers, roses and weigelas and earlier perennials such as geraniums and much of the daisy clan come to mind. In the Botanical Garden there are these, as well as a few less obvious examples that are worth looking out for.

Members of the Styracaceae (snowbell family) are very popular when in flower, as they mostly have attractively drooping, white, bell-shaped blooms that are strongly lemon scented. Nearly all of the genera other than Styrax flower in April or May, but the ten or so species of Styrax present in the Garden all produce their flowers in June.  One of the most beautiful is a Chinese selection of the Japanese snowbell, known as S. japonicus ‘Fargesii’, which has neat, crisply white bells, each backed by small purple-green calyx. The flowers are borne on long, slender similarly dark stalks,  and they festoon the undersides of the wide, horizontal branches in incredible numbers. This tree is visible at the corner of Stearn and Rehder Trails.
Read more on our blog.

 
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Save the Date: Point Roberts Garden Tour, July 20

Every two years a select group of unique gardens are opened to
visitors to Point Roberts, Washington. The tour is sponsored by the
Point Roberts Garden Club. This year’s self-guided tour allows a peek
into seven private properties plus the Point’s own community garden.

We would like to invite your members to join us on July 20. The
details are in the press release attached. We would appreciate it if
you would pass the information along to your group and anyone who
might be interested.

We look forward to welcoming you to Point Roberts!

Point Roberts Garden Tour 13 5.21.14

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UBC Botanical Gardens: Don’t miss our A Growing Affair Plant Sale this Saturday May 10th

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In this Issue
Operating Hours
UBC Botanical Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

Shop in the Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

Greenheart Canopy Walkway
Daily 10 am to 4 pm
(last tour at 3 pm)
 Membership
 The best way to enjoy everything the gardens at UBC have to offer is through a membership, which includes admission to both UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden. Membership is an investment in your community and a valuable way of supporting the future of the gardens.
We’ve just revamped our membership program and have great new benefits to offer. Visit our website for more details.
About the Garden
Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world.
May 10, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase.
Highlights:

  • A wide selection of garden favourites, rare and unusual plant
  • One of the largest selections of Native plants in the Lower Mainland
  • Lots of edibles including veggies, herbs and berries
  • Most plants are grown on-site at our Botanical Garden
  • Experts are on-hand to offer advice and answer question
  • Free garden tour
  • Over 50% off Greenheart Canopy Walkway admission
  • A book signing by local author Sharon Hanna for her new book The Book of Kale and Friends
Learn more.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Year Round Harvest

Saturday May 24th, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Gardeners in the mild climate of the West Coast can enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit all year around. Learn how to grow a healthy, bountiful supply of food in your own backyard, with all of the benefits to your health and to the environment. Learn more.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

May is often advertised as the best time for flowers—you know the rhyme, April showers bring… but in Vancouver, May flowers are often just a continuation of April’s bounty. Vancouver is usually cool, and often wet, but otherwise agreeable at this time of the year (unlike western Europe and eastern North America, which can suffer from both late frost and sweltering temperatures in May). Flowers and the tender young growth of all kinds of plants last much longer with cool and humid conditions. At this time, the new growth on a number of trees can be exceedingly ornamental. For example, the emerging leaves of mountain ashes (Sorbus species) are often surprisingly bright green. On the other hand, many worm-head trees (Meliosma species) have dull, yellow green leaves, but the vegetative (leaf) buds open at the same time, with the entire year’s leaves all expanding simultaneously. The leaves are both unusual and eye-catching, with upright, hairy leaf stalks and drooping leaflets.

Continue reading on our blog.

Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre

At the Shop in the Garden, you’ll find spring in full swing, finally, with the arrival of some beautiful gardening weather.  The Garden Centre is bursting with colour and we have lots of variety and special things to tempt you with.  Mother’s Day is just around the corner…..

Speaking of Mother’s Day, some great gifts could be: a pair of very good quality pruning shears (or secateurs); a must for any gardener; new stock of Hartley & Marks exquisite journals and notebooks; for cooks, Sharon Hanna’s follow-up cookbook to her best-seller “The Book of Kale“, just-out “The Book of Kale & Friends“.  Lots more ideas in the Shop, so come and have a look.  We’re sure you’ll find something that will bring about a smile.

Master Gardeners are in the garden centre every Sunday from 12-4, so bring your questions and ideas.

To keep up to date as new products come in to the shop between the Garden’s monthly email newsletters you can sign up to receive periodic email from the shop by clicking here. You can also follow us on social media:  twitterfacebook and instagram Our username on all three of these social networks is “ubcgarden” – follow us for the latest!
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Join UBC Botanical Garden for the Greenheart Canopy Walkway opening weekend April 19-21

In this Issue
Operating Hours
UBC Botanical Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

Shop in the Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm

Greenheart Canopy Walkway
Opens April 19!
Canopy Walkway opens April 19!
The Greenheart Canopy Walkway is set to open the weekend of April 19 – 21, 2014.
Join us for the GRAND OPENING weekend of the walkway for the 2014 season.  There will be guided tours, giveaways and a competition to win a season pass for your family.
Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre

Spring giftware is arriving daily, so many beautiful things for indoor needs as well as that perfect thing to complete the look of your outdoor oasis.  Botanically themed tablewear and linens, Easter bunnies, rusty metal garden sculpture, exquisite little sedum-planted miniature gardens…. The Shop is virtually bursting at the beams! The Garden Centre also has beautiful magnolias available. Check out our shop page for a list of which ones are available. There are great deals to be had on summer bulbs with many up to 25% off.
To keep up to date as new products come in to the shop between the Garden’s monthly email newsletters you can sign up to receive periodic email from the shop by clicking here. You can also follow us on social media:  twitterfacebook and instagram Our username on all three of these social networks is “ubcgarden” – follow us for the latest!
 Membership
 The best way to enjoy everything the gardens at UBC have to offer is through a membership, which includes admission to both UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden. Membership is an investment in your community and a valuable way of supporting the future of the gardens.
We’ve just revamped our membership program and have great new benefits to offer. Visit our website for more details.
About the Garden
Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world.
This time of year is so beautiful in the garden. It changes so rapidly you could visit every day and see something new. The best way to make the most out of the garden is through a membership.
Our Horticulture Training Program is holding an information session Thursday April 10th at 7 p.m. Come and learn about how to begin a rewarding career in horticulture. See below for more information about our program.
Our spring plant sale A Growing Affair will be held on May 10th, 2014! See below for more information on what sets this plant sale apart from other local sales.
If you haven’t been to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum yet to see  Dana Cromie’s fabulous art exhibit Remnants you still have time. Dana is UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence (more below).
Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.

What do our students have to say about the program?

Coming from a background of zero horticultural experience, this program equipped me with industry relevant skills and confidence, to start working in the field immediately after completion. Each instructor was incredibly knowledgable in their respected fields, and displayed a love for horticulture which made for a better learning environment. Being situated in a botanical garden, it gave us opportunities to work with very different plant material from around the world, and allowed us to use live material for plant identification. This program offers a wide variety of skills that will put you ahead of the pack.
– Justin Wong, Horticulture Training Program 2012-13 graduate
Next Info Session: this Thursday April 10th, 2014
To learn more about the program visit our website. 
May 10, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase.

Learn more.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Year Round Harvest

Saturday May 24th, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Gardeners in the mild climate of the West Coast can enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit all year around. Learn how to grow a healthy, bountiful supply of food in your own backyard, with all of the benefits to your health and to the environment. Learn more.

 

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress
January 31-April 20, 2014

An exciting special exhibit by Artist In Residence Dana Cromie is still on at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Don’t miss out!
This series of portraits is Cromie’s reaction to the ongoing reduction by human activity of natural habitat. Built using the small pieces of the contemporary viewing pane, these collage quilts pay homage to traditional home economics and to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. The vertical format reflects the traditional portrait proportions of influential individuals. The repeated use of small pieces relates to how we build our impression of the world without experiencing it.
Twenty-six original drawings have been letterpress printed, hand cut into 1,500 pieces and glued into five portraits. The sources for the nature drawings are mostly archival, some from the Internet, some from the cabinets of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and a few from nature. What is always missing is context. The design of the man-made elements in the style of traditional wallpaper is Cromie’s response to the appropriation of ‘Green’ currently utilized to promote everything from gasoline to urban towers. Humans are absent in the portraits because as individuals we do not see our relationship to the changes in the environment.
Visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum website for more information about this special exhibit.
April is such an amazing month, it’s worth asking, “what’s not in bloom?” Clearly, many plants do not flower in April, but in the Botanical Garden there are more plants in bloom this month than any other. Magnolias and rhododendrons lead the charge with their lavish blooms, but a closer look around the Garden reveals an extraordinary array of flowers of all shapes and sizes, colours and fragrances.
A number of local native plants vie for our attention, and prominent among them is the common salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), whose brilliant magenta blooms are the preferred feeding sites for migratory rufous hummingbirds, returning now from their winter feeding grounds. Another on the hummingbird’s menu is the red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). Although red forms are most common in gardens, pink- and white-flowered selections are equally attractive, and the hummingbirds feed on all of them with equal enthusiasm.
Different sorts of daffodils (Narcissus spp.) have been blooming since early March, but many of the most attractive dwarfs are starting to bloom now in the E.H. LohbrunnerAlpine Garden. Among the most notable are the tiny cyclamen-flowered daffodil, N. cyclamineus, the rock narcissus, N. rupicola, and a number of hoop-petticoat daffodils including N. bulbocodium and N. romieuxii. .
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March 29: Bugs with Benefits

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April 2nd: Scientific information and public policy: GMOs, pesticides and the demise of bees

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Magnolia Day Tours Registration is now open at UBC Botanical Gardens

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UBC Botanical Garden Horticultural Training Program

Magnolia Day Tours Registration is now open!

Saturday April 5, 2014

Tours at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Location: UBC Botanical Garden, Entrance
Cost: Free with paid garden admission or membership ( see our website for rates)

Register now

UBC Botanical Garden is a magical place in early spring, in large part because of its extensive collection of flowering magnolias. The majority of magnolias in the David C. Lam Asian Garden open their fragrant white or pink flowers early in the spring before their leaves emerge.
Join Douglas Justice (Associate Director and Curator of Collections) and Andy Hill (Asian Garden Curator) for a special 1½ hour tour of the magnificent magnolia trees planted throughout the Garden.

The genus Magnolia is named for the 17th Century French botanist, Pierre Magnol. There are some 200 or so species of Magnolia in the world, most of them evergreens that inhabit the mountain forests of Southeast Asia and Central and South America, but some are temperate species found in east Asia and eastern North America.

Magnolias are among the most ancient of flowering plant lineages. There are a number of characteristics that indicate this, including that the flower parts are spirally arranged, rather than in definite whorls, and that the showy, outer flower parts are not differentiated into separate sepals and petals, as they are with the flowers of most recently evolved plants. The name for these undifferentiated petal-like structures is tepals. As well, Magnolia flowers are pollinated exclusively by beetles; they are not adapted to pollination by bees or other modern insects, which partly explains why the flowers are so large and sturdy.

This specialty tour* will be offered three times during the day:

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
*Space is limited, RSVP early to avoid disappointment
We also have some great workshops coming up that are filling up fast. Reserve your space now:
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Welcome back to UBC Botanical Garden for another great season!

If you’re having trouble viewing this email, you may see it online. In this Issue Welcome Workshops and Lectures Artist in Residence exhibit Where did that plant go? Horticulture Training Program Shop & Garden Centre update Job postings Membership (with … Continue reading

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TreeKeepers is now ready for spring orders: including fruit trees.

Hi Community Gardens,

Check out this initiative for residents to bring home a tree (including a fruit tree!) for only $10.  Can you pass this along to your gardeners?   A poster is also attached if you have a bulletin board or common area to post.
Thanks for your support. Any questions can be sent to info@treekeepers.ca.
Thank you kindly,
Kristina
TreeKeepers
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This spring, Vancouver residents who are looking for a little more nature in their lives can bring home a young tree through an initiative called TreeKeepers.

The TreeKeepers program aims to distribute several thousand trees this spring, building possibly the largest collective urban orchard in North America, distributed around the city.  House, townhouse, apartment dwellers and even businesses are invited to participate. All of the trees have been specifically chosen for urban spaces and many can be planted either in the ground or grown in a large pot. There are 18 trees to choose from including gingko, japanese maple and fig, apple and plum fruit trees.

We’ve long known the benefits of trees to the environment, but what about the benefits to us?   Bringing home a tree for your yard or patio is one small way to add nature to your outdoor space and, depending on the tree you choose, you could harvest fruit from it too.

The trees are heavily discounted at only $10 each.  Visit treekeepers.ca to choose your tree and pick-up location.

The TreeKeepers program was launched as one of the key goals of Vancouver’s Greenest City campaign. It is a partnership managed by Tree City and the Environmental Youth Alliance working with the City of Vancouver and the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

www.treekeepers.ca

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