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UBC Botanical Garden May Newsletter

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Horticulture Training Program: Accepting Applications
We are now accepting applications for the Horticulture Training Program 2013-2014 at UBC Botanical Garden. 
Running from September to May, the full­time Horticulture Training Program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.
For more information on the Horticulture Training Program, click here.
A message from our friends at UBC Campus + Community Planning:Public Open Houses on UBC’s Transportation Plan: April 3 & 4, 2013

In the coming year, UBC will be developing a Transportation Plan that focuses on circulation on campus, whether by foot, on wheels, or by public transit. This could affect how you access attractions on campus, including UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden.

Upcoming Open Houses on UBC’s Transportation Plan are as follow:

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time and Place:

  1. Morning: 11:00am – 1:00pm in the SUB Ballroom, 6138 Student Union Boulevard, 2nd floor
  2. Afternoon: 5:00pm – 7:00pm at MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time and Place:

  1. Morning: 11:00am – 1:00pm at Marine Drive Residence, 2205 Lower Mall
  2. Afternoon: 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Acadia Commons Block, 2707 Tennis Crescent
These four public events will encourage public input into the development of UBC’s Transportation Plan. Participants will be invited to give their thoughts and ideas on how to improve on-campus transportation.More information on the transporation plan and open houses can be found on the C+CP website.

Become a Member
Visit us all year long, and take advantage of discounts on our courses and lectures.
Get 10% off at the Shop in the Garden and Plant Centre when you present your membership card. You can buy or renew your membership in person, or online on our website. Thank you for your support.
Not sure if your membership has expired? Give us a call at 604.822.4208.
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. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers an umparalleled aerial view of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem 15 metres above ground.
April is an exceptional month for flowers at the Botanical Garden. Magnolias are in their ascendancy now, and daffodils and cherry blossoms are everywhere bringing cheer to Vancouver’s April showers. This is also definitely the month to see rhododendrons in the Garden. Every day brings another few species into bloom. Some of the most beautiful of these rhododendrons are in the David C. Lam Asian Garden, many from wild collections made in exotic locations in Asia.
Indeed, there are hundreds of different species here, and every one has a story to tell. One of the ways we tell those stories is through our smart phone tours. If you haven’t been in the garden lately, you might not have noticed small signs in a variety of colours that indicate the various self-guided tours we’ve compiled for visitors. One of these, the Rhododendron Study Tour, which will be completed before the end of this month, was made possible by a donation from the Vancouver Rhododendron Society.
Each of the tour stops is clearly numbered and has a graphical QR (quick response) code on the sign. Using a smart phone QR code reader (a number of different ones are available free on the Internet), one merely has to point the smart phone at the QR code, and the smart phone does the rest. For each stop on the tour is a short descriptive write up and a corresponding sound file. Tapping the play button allows you to hear the description read aloud.
Along with the Rhododendron Tour, visitors can listen to (or read) a Garden Introduction Tour (yellow signs), Prehistoric Plants Tour (beige signs), Vine Study Tour (light green signs), Plant Explorers in Asia Tour (black signs) and our newest, the Magnolia Tour (dark blue signs). Ask at the Gatehouse for maps of each of the tours.
Saturday, April 6, 2013

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)
RSVP here (Space is limited, RSVP early to avoid disappointment)
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
Self-guided Magnolia Tours
Can’t join us for a Magnolia Day Tour? Don’t despair, we have information and maps highlighting the most interesting Magnolias in the Garden, available at the Gatehouse starting on April 6th, until the end of the month. This is your opportunity to discover our great Magnolias whenever you want throughout April!
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission
6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! 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 useful information and demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
What sets this plant sale apart is the quality of both the plants and information offered. Featuring a wide selection of plants propagated by the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden and carefully selected commercial growers, shoppers can be comfortable, knowing that all of the plants for sale are well suited to our wet, coastal climate. And if you aren’t sure what to grow or how to grow it, the UBC Botanical Garden Hortline staff and Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer your plant questions and help you make selections that will thrive in your unique environment.
Plants available will include garden favourites as well as rare and unusual plants. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program.
The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants!
Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years.
For those curious to learn more before buying, gardening experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Still need some extra help after the sale? Ask questions online on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums, and receive answers from the same volunteers who propagate and care for the plants!
Visit our website for more information and updates on A Growing Affair.
Courses
Spaces still available. Sign up early to avoid disappointment! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Garden Pavilion
$48 public, $43 garden members & UBC students
Learn to grow fresh fruits and veggies the city dweller’s way, with containers!
Urban Organic Gardening Course
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$60 public, $50 garden members & UBC students
Are you an urban gardener? Join Linda Gilkeson for a class focussed on intensive food production in small spaces.
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Center
$60 public, $50 garden members & UBC students
This one day course will combine class time and photography in the garden.

Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.

Espalier Course – June 14
Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students

Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.
Lecture
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
Free
Join our Curator of Collections for a talk on how complexity and biodiversity make gardens more resilient.
For more information and to register for our courses and lectures, please click here.

It’s official… Spring is here! At Shop in the Garden, we have everything you need for outdoor living and to get your garden started.
Outdoor carpets made of recycled plastic splashed in fresh summer colours are perfect for decks, patios, the beach, camping and picnics. They are also easy to clean – just hose off and you are done.
New arrivals: A selection of summer bulbs, clematis and other vines, as well as unusual Japanese maple and gingko. Also available are blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, and herbs for your culinary adventures.
For more information on the Shop in the Garden, click here. To see more photos from the Shop, visit our Flickr page.
Books at the Shop
Edible Landscaping
Incorporating an aesthetically pleasing vegetable patch into existing landscapes can be quite a challenge, but we carry a good selection of books to inspire and empower. We have recently received a new edition of the classic Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy, the forerunner of this concept back in the eighties. Senga Lindsay, a landscaper who gardens in North Vancouver, provides local information on the subject in her book with the same title, and more specific information can be found in Vertical Gardening: Grow Up Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space and McGee and Stuckey’s the Bountiful Container.
Our friends at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum have partnered with Nature Conservancy of Canada to bring this event to the museum:Brush With Nature

A Nature Conservancy of Canada Benefit
Thursday, April 18, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, Vancouver)
FREE admission to this fundraising eventPlease RSVP as space is limited: bcoffice@natureconservancy.ca or 1-888-404-8428

BC’s Okanagan region is famous as both a hotspot for biodiversity and a producer for world class wines. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is holding a benefit evening that will bring together both of these in support of their latest conservation project in the South Okanagan.

About the event
Have you ever wondered why burrowing owls had to learn to live underground? Or how a woodpecker became a flycatcher? Or what is the world’s fastest bird?

Join NCC’s president and CEO, John Lounds, and special guests Dr. Sarah Otto and photographer Jared Hobbs for a fundraising event that will not only answer these questions, but will introduce NCC’s newest (and most urgent) campaign to protect BC’s interior grassland habitat.

The evening will feature wine from Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and a special appearance by some feathered ambassadors from BC’s grasslands.

About the project
The Elkink Ranch has been of interest to the conservation community for more than 30 years. The lands encompassed by the ranch are rich in at-risk species and include a mosaic of habitat types. This landscape is a crucial migratory corridor for species moving between the desert areas of the western United States and the dry grasslands of interior British Columbia.

The chance to conserve a portion of the ranch – 1,836 acres known as the Elkink South Block –  is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will make a significant impact on the natural legacy of the South Okanagan Similkameen. This project will also connect two other Nature Conservancy of Canada properties and more than double the size of the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area.

Find out more about NCC’s campaign to protect Elkink South Block.

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A Community of Gardeners Documentary update

A Community of Gardeners is a one-hour documentary that shows how seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. are transforming people’s lives, their communities and their environment.  The film also traces the history of community gardens in the U.S., from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening’s current renaissance.  A Community of Gardeners has been airing on PBS stations nationwide.  Learn how you can purchase the DVD.


Documentary to Screen at Oakland International Film Festival on April 6 and 7

Jean Paul Dionou72 A Community of Gardeners will be shown at the Oakland International Film Festival in Northern California on April 6 and 7.  The documentary will be screened on Saturday, April 6 during the 1-4 p.m. time slot at the Black Repertory Theater and on Sunday, April 7 during the 5-8 p.m. time slot at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center.  To purchase tickets and to view maps of the screening venues, visit the OIFF Screenings/Tickets page.


Producer Cintia Cabib Presents Film to Audiences

St. Stephen's Episcopal2In February and March, filmmaker Cintia Cabib presented A Community of Gardeners at several venues in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Cintia visited American University in February, where she spoke about the production and distribution of the documentary to Professor Chris Palmer’s graduate students.  Mr. Palmer is the director of the University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.  In March, Cintia discussed her film with students and staff from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Houston, Texas during their visit to Washington, D.C. (see photo on right).  On March 8, A Community of Gardeners was shown to high school students at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland as part of the AFI’s Educational Screenings Program.   Joining Cintia for a panel discussion were Gouri Mirpuri, board member of The Learning Farm, Edamarie Mattei, owner of Backyard Bounty, and Sophia Maravell, founder of Brickyard Educational Farm.  The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. hosted a screening of the film on March 14, which was followed by a Q & A session with Cintia.  Please contact Cintia if you would like to discuss a speaking engagement.


Bring A Community of Gardeners to Your Town!

korastephen72School gardens, rooftops, and community green spaces are abuzz with activity as children, teenagers and adults prepare their gardens for the spring and summer.  If you would like to inspire your gardeners as they begin the planting season, consider hosting a screening of A Community of Gardeners in your town or city!  To learn how you can purchase the DVD and host a screening, visit the Buy DVD page.


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Victoria Conservatory of Music – Mother’s Day Garden Tour 2013

A little history…
Mother's Day Garden Tour - May 11 & 12, Victoria, BC
TEN BEAUTIFUL GARDENS!
We would like to invite the members of your club to join us for our 31st Annual Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) Mother’s Day Garden Tour on May 11 & 12 from 10am – 4pm.

Our fundraiser is organized and run by a group of very dedicated gardeners and volunteers who work closely with VCM staff to ensure each tour is a weekend to remember.  Funds raised go towards supporting the VCM’s inspiring music programs that are such an important part of our thriving arts community.

Every year we showcase exciting and innovative private gardens, located in Greater Victoria and up the Saanich Peninsula, many complimented by beautiful live music with a wonderful plant sale.  This year we have ten delightful and interesting gardens to visit. A two-day pass is just $30.00 and makes a lovely Mother’s Day treat. Your ticket provides you with the location information and access to each of the gardens and plant sale on our self-guided tour.

Tickets will be available, in the first week in April, online at ticketrocket.org/garden  and at locations throughout Victoria, Thrifty Foods (Victoria & Sidney), and at our VCM front desk (900 Johnson St at Quadra). Please reference the ticket outlets listed on our event image.

The VCM is very pleased to have partnered with Victoria’s Oswego Hotel to provide a promotional room rate, for Mother’s Day weekend, to all garden tour attendees. Please ask for the ‘Mother’s Day Garden Tour Rate’ when booking.
Oswego Hotel
Tel: 250-294-7500
Toll-Free 1-877-767-9346
reservations@oswegovictoria.com

Here are brief descriptions of four of the ten gardens you will be enjoying in 2013.

“A stream runs through it”
A gardener who loves to share her ¾ acre paradise and lucky for us, we get to see it.  A perfect blend of wild woodland and rare specimen trees and perennials.

“Writer’s Retreat”
Solitude and privacy abound in this Japanese themed garden.  Happiness flows through the luxurious Koi pond, over mossy rocks and into the extensive vegetable patch.  Relax in the Asian-inspired gazebo and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful setting.

“Unexpected Pleasure”
Be inspired by this very evocative creation.  No lawn!  Hard work, creativity and vision have transformed an everyday lot into a corner of paradise.  Dramatic use of grasses and large architectural perennials add much interest and a new mini orchard has just been added.

“Copper Beach Cottage”
An artist’s retreat, this is a cottage transplanted from James Island.  This garden shows colour and texture co-ordination at its best and is crammed with a wild profusion of Provencal lavenders, roses, vines and perennials.

We hope you and your members will choose to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Garden City and help the Victoria Conservatory of Music continue to enrich lives through music.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian at
volunteer@vcm.bc.ca

Terry LeBlanc and Brian Johnston
Co-Chairs
Victoria Conservatory of Music Mother’s Day Gardens Tour

Copyright © 2013 Victoria Conservatory of Music, All rights reserved.
This is a one-time email regarding our Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour. You have not been subscribed to any VCM list and will receive no further emails. Thank You.

Our mailing address is:
Victoria Conservatory of Music

900 Johnson St

Victoria, BC V8V 3N4

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EYA seed swap 2013: Sat April 6, 1 – 3pm

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EYA seed swap 2013

Sat April 6, 1 – 3pm

 

 

 

FREE!

At the garden house (eco-pavilion) in the Strathcona Community Garden, near Hawks and Prior in Vancouver.

Bring your favourite seeds to swap with fellow gardeners. Or if you have no seeds to trade, come anyway! There are lots of seeds for everyone!

Note: If you haven’t been to the Eco-Pavilion (garden house) in the Strathcona Community Garden, check out the map as it can be tricky to find the first time.

 

 

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Horticulture Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden Now Accepting Applications For September

The Horticulture Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for the session starting in September 2013. This fulltime program is the first provincially accredited entry-level practical horticulture training program to be offered in Vancouver.
An information session is scheduled for interested individuals:
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Botanical Garden (6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver)
Running from September to May, the full­time Horticulture Training Program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.

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.

Horticulture instruction will be undertaken using the facilities of the Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields, and the UBC landscape at large. Instruction will include a variety of off-site fieldtrips to various horticultural organizations and operations.
Please feel free to share this information and the enclosed brochure with your contacts and members. Thank you!

Karen Leung
Marketing and Communications Coordinator | UBC Biodiversity Collections | Beaty Biodiversity Museum and UBC Botanical Garden including Nitobe Memorial Garden | Faculty of Science
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver

6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 762 4908 | Fax 604 822 2016
karen.leung@ubc.ca | @beatymuseum @ubcgarden | facebook.com/beatymuseum | facebook.com/ubcgarden
beatymuseum.ubc.ca  | botanicalgarden.ubc.ca

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“A Community of Gardeners” Documentary March News

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A Community of Gardeners is a one-hour documentary that shows how seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. are transforming people’s lives, their communities and their environment.  The film also traces the history of community gardens, from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening’s current renaissance.  A Community of Gardeners has been airing on PBS stations nationwide.  Learn how you can purchase the DVD.


Screening at U.S. Botanic Garden on March 14

LizFalk7thStreetGarden72Join filmmaker Cintia Cabib at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. for a free screening and discussion of A Community of Gardeners.  Pre-register here to attend the event.  The U.S. Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the Federal Center SW Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines.  Doors open at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Film to Screen at Sacramento Food Film Festival

naasir72 2A Community of Gardeners will be shown at the Sacramento Food Film Festival on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. at the Guild Theater in Sacramento, California.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Bill Maynard, the community garden program coordinator for the City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation.


Host a Screening on Earth Day!

natewatering72Host a screening of A Community of Gardeners as part of your Earth Day activities!  Earth Day celebrations will be taking place throughout the country on and around April 22. To learn how you can purchase the DVD and host a screening, visit the Buy DVD page.

Producer Cintia Cabib is available to discuss the issues addressed in the documentary and her approach to filmmaking at your screening.  Please contact Cintia to inquire about a speaking engagement.


Like the film on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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B.C. Council of Garden Clubs – ‘The Bulletin’, January/February issue

Click here for the newsletter. 2013 01 02 COLOUR

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UBC Botanical Garden Newsletter: Shifting our Thinking about Nature & Culture

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Horticulture Training Program: Information Session on March 23, 2013
We are now accepting applications for the Horticulture Training Program 2013-2014 at UBC Botanical Garden. 
Information Session
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Botanical Garden
Running from September to May, the full­time Horticulture Training Program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.
For more information on the Horticulture Training Program, click here.
New Volunteer Opportunities
Here at the Garden, we are beginning to think about spring and summer. We are looking for volunteers to guide tours and assist with special events.
Guides
Volunteer guides play a vital role in bringing the collection to life through engaging educational interactions with garden visitors. We are seeking volunteers 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.
Events Volunteers
Events volunteers play a vital role in providing support to the garden staff and interacting with visitors during events. We are seeking volunteers who are interested in learning more about the biodiversity, ecology and botany, and sharing this interest with visitors.
Visit our website to learn more on our volunteer opportunities and how to apply.
Become a Member
Visit us all year long, and take advantage of discounts on our courses and lectures.
Get 10% off at the Shop in the Garden and Plant Centre when you present your membership card. You can buy or renew your membership in person, or online on our website. Thank you for your support.
Not sure if your membership has expired? Give us a call at 604.822.4208.
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. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers an umparalleled aerial view of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem 15 metres above ground.
A message from our friends at Wesbrook Village:
Hop on down to Wesbrook Village for a free Easter egg hunt on Sat. Mar. 23, 2013.  Details here. While you are there, purchase a full sized wrap or flatbread at Jugo Juice and receive a FREE 14oz. Smoothie*.

*Must purchase a full sized wrap or flatbread to receive a free 14oz smoothie. Valid at the Wesbrook Village location only. Offer expires April 30, 2013. No cash value. Not to be combined with any other offer.

Continuing with the theme of gardens being held hostage by the vagaries of winter weather, I dare not predict which magnolias or rhododendrons will be early this year. Magnolia sargentiana flower openings, for example, can vary by more than six weeks (we know, because our volunteer FOGs have been recording this in the garden for more than twenty years). On the other hand, flowering in our Crocus and Narcissus seldom varies more than a week or two from one year to the next. Bulbs are significantly more reliable with respect to opening dates and most people have few reservations in making predictions about them.
In the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden, where most of the bulb diversity is found—indeed, where most of the Botanical Garden’s overall species diversity is found—there are hundreds of smaller bulbs swarming about the continental plantings. The majority of the spring bulbs produce their flowers in March. Getting a head start on March is Iris ‘Katherine Hodgkin’, a 10-cm-tall standout with pale liquid blue flowers with brilliant gold highlights. These bulbs are planted among the tufa in the Asia Minor section. Nearby are the brilliant cerise pink flowers of Cyclamen coum. The Europe section also has its share of bulbs, including a variety of Galanthus (snowdrops), Narcissus (daffodils), Leucojum (snowflakes) and Crocus.

Speaking of crocuses and daffodils, visitors to the garden in March will undoubtedly notice that the expanse of lawn in front of the Garden has been transformed by a newly naturalized bulb display. The inaugural class of UBC Botanical Garden Horticulture Training Program students planted nearly 10,000 of them last autumn. The bulbs, a generous gift to the program from Elizabeth Haan, include equal numbers of Crocus chrysanthus ‘Ruby Giant’ and ‘Cream Beauty’ (snow crocuses), Narcissus poeticus (pheasant’s eye) and N. bulbocodium (hoop petticoat daffodil).

Please come and enjoy these cheery flowers, as well as what other surprises might also be blooming in the Botanical Garden in March.

Nature and Culture:
Reflections on the Journey from Biodiversity and Culture to Biocultural Diversity (with Nancy Turner)
Thursday, March 7, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.
UBC Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013 (2207 Main Mall, Vancouver)
By donation ($5 suggested)

Predominant in western thinking, at least for the past few centuries, is the dichotomy between “nature” and “culture”, with humans seen to be above and dominant over nature. This perception, leading to particular behaviours and assumptions of those who adhere to it, it can be argued, has resulted in increasing degradation of natural systems, and an escalating loss of biodiversity the world over.
What is less recognized is that not all human cultures embrace this philosophy. For many Indigenous societies, for example, there is a predominant belief that humans are part of nature, close relatives of other species, and that not only do we depend on these other species, but we have responsibilities towards them as we do to our own kin.
This leads to a different kind of relationship with the natural world, and may give us clues about more sustainable ways of interacting with nature. However, these cultures with alternative views of the human-nature relationship are themselves widely threatened, and their knowledge and perspectives are being overrun by those of mainstream societies. Nevertheless, increasingly we are realizing that these differing cultural perspectives may be critically important in providing us with alternative models of relationships with other species and environments.
Join Nancy Turner as we explore why thinking of the importance not only of biodiversity but of biocultural diversity can help us to frame our attitudes, our governance systems, and our very understandings of what it is to be human, and may help us to become responsible players in the world’s ecosystems.
This lecture is made possible by the Wharton Memorial Fund. Donations are graciously accepted.

About the Speaker
Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist, Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria. She has worked with First Nations’ elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America for over 40 years documenting and promoting their traditional knowledge of plants and habitats. She has authored or co-authored over 20 books and over 125 book chapters and papers. Nancy received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Science from the University of British Columbia in 2011. Her awards include membership in the Order of British Columbia (1999) and the Order of Canada (2009).
Peter Wharton Memorial Fund
Peter Wharton had a long and productive career with UBC Botanical Garden. For 30 years, he was instrumental in developing the David C. Lam Asian Garden, one of the highlights of the Botanical Garden. In honour of his contributions to horticulture and plant conservation, and in consultation with his family, the Botanical Garden established the Peter Wharton Memorial Fund to support an annual lecture on plant conservation and biodiversity.
Parking
The nearest parking is in West Parkade, two blocks south of the Earth Sciences Building on Lower Mall. For more information on how to get to the building, please click here.
Fine Print: Groupons, discount coupons or other promotional offers cannot be applied to the ticket price when purchasing tickets for special lectures/events.
Courses

Pruning Course (Space is still available!)
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
A blend of classroom and field discussion with hands on learning of the basics of pruning.
Drawing Nature Course (NEW!)
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$100 public, $90 garden members & UBC students
This one day class we will cover basic drawing techniques and how a limited number of watercolours can create a wonderfully full palette!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Garden Pavilion
$48 public, $43 garden members & UBC students
Learn to grow fresh fruits and veggies the city dweller’s way, with containers!
Urban Organic Gardening Course
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$60 public, $50 garden members & UBC students
Are you an urban gardener? Join Linda Gilkeson for a class focussed on intensive food production in small spaces.
Espalier Course – June 7
Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.

Espalier Course – June 14
Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students

Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.
Lecture
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
Free
Join our Curator of Collections for a talk on how complexity and biodiversity make gardens more resilient.
For more information on our courses and lectures, please click here.

Spring has sprung in the Shop in the Garden since we are receiving exciting new merchandise weekly.
Budding beauties in the Garden Centre are forsythia and Corylopsis pauciflora. Flowering right now is a nice selection of Sarcococca, and Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ is in glorious yellow bloom!
Native delight Ribes sanguineum is loaded with buds. Rare, special rhododendrons are in and we have received some gorgeous pink and white paeonia trees. For those of you who are rare plant collectors, we have a very limited amount of Hepatica transsilvanica as well as a special variety of Chrysoplenium macrophyllum!

In the Shop, some of our new giftware themes are owls: antiqued iron fence post sitters, ceramic votives with cut-outs that will flicker beautifully when lit, whimsical wooden ornaments and cute little wrought iron owls in various sizes.

Insect motifs are elegantly beautiful on matte white porcelain votives and little bowls in both round and elliptical shapes. You will also find a pretty dragonfly bell to suspend in your garden. A staff favourite is a white ceramic French Bulldog watering can.
For more information on the Shop in the Garden, click here. To see more photos from the Shop, visit our Flickr page.
Books at the Shop
The Shop has just received Saanich Ehtnobotany, the most recent book of Nancy Turner, ethnobotanist and professor of Ethnoecology at the University of Victoria. Nancy has worked closely with First Nations Elders for many years to record their knowledge, use and understanding of plants. We carry her two classics in the field: Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples and Food Plants of Interior First Peoples, as well as her more recent Plants of Haida Gwaii and an edited collection of essays entitled Keeping it Living: Tradition of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Don’t miss her upcoming lecture, Nature and Culture: Reflections on the Journey from Biodiversity and Culture to Biocultural Diversity on March 7.
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