UBC Botanical Garden presents a Peter Wharton Memorial Series Lecture

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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)
Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

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.

More information and tickets: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events
DETAILED SYNOPSIS

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.

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. Her awards include membership in the Order of British Columbia (1999) and the Order of Canada (2009).
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Unibug: Douglas College, Feb. 16

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How to sharpen garden tools

Follow this link for Instructables.com feature on keeping garden tools sharp.

 

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UBC Botanical Garden: Visit Our Newly Renovated Shop in the Garden

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Horticulture Training Program: Now 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.
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:
Join us in Wesbrook Village at 11am on February 16th as we celebrate the Year of the Snake with a traditional lion dance. Wesbrook Village merchants will also be handing out lucky red envelopes. Bring in this coupon to receive 10% off Togo Sushi while you take in the festivities. Offer expires 02/28/13 at 8pm. Not to be combined with other offers.

UBC Botanical Garden has an enviable collection of species rhododendrons. The site is ideal for woodland plants—high, overhead shade from high-crowned conifers, such as grand fir (Abies grandis) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and the wind-stilling protection of low-branched western red cedars (Thuja plicata). The prevailing winds are normally from the west off the Strait of Georgia, and these strike the escarpment below the David Lam Asian Garden and are deflected upwards, allowing bald eagles and other soaring birds to float lazily above the garden. In winter, a surprising amount of protection is afforded by the forest. On a clear night in February, the open sky draws enough heat from the ground to cause a radiation frost. Typically, under tree cover, the temperature near the ground stays well above freezing.
When we’re favoured by mild winter weather, we can brag about our Rhododendron ririei and R. moupinense plantings (out now), and expect to see R. lutescens, R. barbatum, R. praevernum, R. dauricum, R. mucronulatum, R. niveum and R. sutchuenense. All of them are known to bloom anytime between January and March and most if not all will be flowering this February. Hybrid rhododendrons are rare in the garden, but one of the best and earliest is R. ‘Cornubia’. The parentage of this beautiful plant includes three superb Himalayan species—R. arboreum, R. thomsonii and R. barbatum—all of them cultivated in our collection. ‘Cornubia’ is not a common plant locally and is notoriously shy to flower, especially when winters are cold; however, most rhododendrons including ‘Cornubia’ have a good set of flower buds this year. Barring a serious cold snap, there should be plenty of flowers to see before the end of February.
Courses

Pruning Course
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.
Lectures
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
Free
Join our Curator of Collections for a talk on what are the best trees to grow in Vancouver.
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.
Shop Reinvigorated
After the annual post-Christmas hiatus of a few weeks, the Shop in the Garden had undergone a facelift and was reoponed on January 21 with a reinvigorated, airy atmosphere for your shopping pleasure. Come and visit our light and bright Shop, or check out the photos on our Flickr page.
Post Christmas Sale
Take 50% off select products, Christmas cards, holiday merchandise and calendars. (While supplies last.)
Garden Centre
With our minds springing forward to the warmer gardening season, new stock is flooding in, with more on its way. Items just arrived are spring bulbs and helebores “cinnamon snow” (soft pink) and “Jacob” white with yellow stamens for your garden. They are the first plants to bloom and will last for several months. Such a lovely treat at this time of year. Also available are beautiful fragrant white Jasmine plants for your home.
Books at the Shop
Linda Gilkeson, our local guru on everything relating to west coast vegetable gardening has just published her new edition of Natural Insect, Weed and Disease Control. The Shop is well stocked with this best defence against pesky invaders: leaf chewers, sap suckers, root feeders, borers, seed and fruit pests, and more. Every vegetable gardener should also have Linda’s accompanying Backyard Bounty and Year Around Harvest: Winter Gardening on the Coast.

$700 Generated to Support Local School Garden
Christmas may have come and gone, the holiday cheer continues to spread with the spirit of giving. The annual Christmas tree chipping fundraiser at UBC Botanical Garden has generated $700 for the food garden of a local school in Vancouver.
Over the course of two weeks after Christmas, community members have dropped off several hundreds unwanted trees. With their generous donations, and the support of UBC Plant Operations, the woody remnants of the holiday season were turned into mulch for use to resurface garden trails. The mulch generated reduces the amount of mulch we need to purchase while we collect funds to support a local school garden project.
Chipping trees on a by-donation basis ($5 suggested), each year we select one local school to support their gardening projects. Partnering with SPEC (The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), the funds generated in 2012-13 will help Thunderbird Elementary School’s food garden expansion* to add a three-bin cedar composter and small orchard garden during the 2011-12 fundraiser. The tree recycling event is a small event with a large impact on local schools.
Over the past four years since this program began, we have helped local schools with a range of small garden projects while supporting our not-for-profit garden. Schools that have benefitted in previous years include David Thompson High School, Quichena Elementary School, and Bayview Elementary School.
THANK YOU to everyone who have supported this year’s event!

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed.
6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 CA
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Garden to Kitchen Workshop: Planting the Seeds of Sharing

Come, share and learn.  This workshop is for community gardeners and/or community kitchen facilitators who want to find out more about incorporating community gardens with community kitchens.  Swap ideas and share experiences with others.  This workshop comes just in time for the 2013 growing season.  Share the news about this workshop with our poster.

Facilitated by:

  • ·         Chef Ian Lai, Urban Agriculture Consulting
  • ·         Darlene Tanaka, Training Coordinator, Fresh Choice Kitchens

 Date/Time:  Thurs, Apr 11, 2013, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $45.00  (lunch provided).

To register: Contact Darlene Tanaka, at 604-216-2325   or darlenet@foodbank.bc.ca.  To obtain the registration form or view the workshop poster, visit our blog at:  http://communitykitchens.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/garden-to-kitchen-workshop/

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UNIBUG and the biological control of insects

 

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Cedar Cottage Garden

Did you know that Cedar Cottage Gardens has 100 plots in Eastvan? They are just a couple blocks from Trout Lake. I believe they may have plots available.

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Horticultural Therapy Education at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Hello,

We are emailing organizations and individuals connected to health, horticulture and related fields with information on our Horticultural Therapy Certificate program which begins in February 2013.

VanDusen’s Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program provides training for professionals to add Horticultural Therapy (HT) to their existing skill set, and for people wishing to pursue a career in HT. This program is ideal for recreation and occupational therapists, activity workers, counsellors, healthcare workers, teachers, landscape designers and architects, and coordinators of floristry, urban farm, ecological restoration, nature interpretation, community garden and school garden programs.

This certificate program is recognized by the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association towards their professional registration process.

If the subject sounds of interest to you or your colleagues, I have attached a PDF brochure which you are welcome to share. More information is also available on our website at http://vancouver.ca/vandusen/adultEducation/hortTherapy.htm
Thank you for your time and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Regards,

Tania Clarke
Education Assistant
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Phone: 604-718-5898
Fax: 604-263-1777
schoolprograms@vandusen.org

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2 new courses for activists at Langara offered by Shayna Hornstein this spring.

Shayna’s new courses at Langara – Spring 2013

 

Resilience …

is different than endurance.

2 public evening courses at Langara College

*NEXT ONE STARTS Jan 22nd

Instructor Bio

Shayna Hornstein has been a registered physical therapist in British Columbia since 1981 and works with people with chronic pain. For twenty years, she has also provided training for organizations wanting to reduce the impact that stress has on the morale, safety and effectiveness of the people who work there. She studied with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute of Boulder, Colorado and has a certificate for the Treatment of Trauma and the Body.

Shayna’s practical and refreshing courses draw on studies of neuroplasticity and the brain and the body under stress. You will leave each class with specific physical tools that you can practice in your daily life.

For more information about Shayna’s work see

www.shaynahornstein.net

REGISTER

Activism for the Long Haul:

Sustaining the Activist

4Tuesdays,Jan22-Feb11th 6:30-9:00pm

Resilience is the ability to stay well in the face of adversity. Resilient activists communicate and think more clearly and problem-solve creatively under pressure. This introductory course combines theory about the brain and body’s natural reactions to conflict and stress with hands-on and mindful learning. You will practice physical techniques to use right in the thick of things, easing the impact on your body and increasing the effectiveness of your activist work. $195 (CRN: 70248)

Setting Healthy Limits

6 Tuesdays, Feb 19th – Mar 26th , 6:30-9:00pm

Although we are born with internal feedback systems to set healthy limits, these mechanisms often become muted. When we understand how the brain and body naturally respond to sudden and ongoing stressors and learn how to keep our bodies feeling safe, we can set healthy limits more comfortably. This ability improves our own health as well as our relationships with others. Participants learn:

To recognize their body’s early signals of feeling stretched.
To strengthen their ability to set healthy limits without alienating others or compromising themselves.

$225 (CRN: 70633)

Register by phone 604.323.5322
Or register in person at the Continuing Studies registration desk on the Langara campus.

If cost is an issue, please contact Leslie Kemp at lkemp@langara.bc.ca or 604.323.5981

MORE INFORMATION

www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies

These courses are part of a much broader

Sustainable Communities Program

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Rhododendrons in January: UBC Botanical Gardens

Shop in the Garden – Holiday Closure
Please note that Shop in the Garden is closed for the holidays and renovation. 
We will reopen in mid-January, with a reinvigorated Shop for your shopping pleasure.
For more information on Shop in the Garden, click here.
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.
January, being January, it’s difficult to know what’s going to be blooming from one week to the next. Some years, January weather closes in and snow makes the garden a wonderland—not much in bloom—but beautiful nevertheless. January weather can also be comfortably benign, with mild winds off the ocean and only an occasional brush with frost.
Many times, we see early rhododendrons open their buds in January. It’s usually a very tentative opening when it happens, but if we get a stretch of mild weather, the Chinese Rhododendron rirei, with its beautiful mauve-purple blooms crowning 4 to 5 m tall shrubs, is usually open soon after the New Year. Not long after that, the white Dahurian azalea (R. dauricum f. album) from northeast Asia and the similar, but evergreen Korean azalea (R. mucronulatum), which has bright violet-purple flowers, open their sizable blooms.
Even more reliable for flowers in January are the Asian boxwood relatives known as sweet box (Sarcococca confusa) and Christmas box (S. hookeriana). These small broadleaf evergreens don’t look much like boxwood, nor smell like them either. The sarcococcas are known for the intensely sweet fragrance of their little white winter-borne flowers. While the flowers might not even be visible, visitors are always aware that these plants are in bloom.
Finally, the backbone of winter-flowering shrubs in local gardens has to be ericaceous (Rhododendron family) plants. Rhododendrons have already been mentioned, but several related genera commonly produce flowers in January. These include a number of European natives such as the heaths (Erica species) and strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). In very mild weather, dusty zenobia (Zenobia pulverulenta), a small shrub from the southeastern US, and cultivars of the Japanese andromeda shrub (Pieris japonica) favour us with their blooms. Both have drooping clusters of honey-scented, bell-shaped flowers.
The Garden holds all kinds of surprises for visitors, whatever the weather, so consider a New Year’s resolution to enjoy us even more often.
For winter garden photos, check out our Flickr page.
Tree chipping fundraiser benefitting Thunderbird Elementary School
December 26, 2012 – January 9, 2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$5 Suggested Donation
Please drop trees off at UBC Botanical Garden. They will be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails.
Please remove decorations, including tinsel. No yard trimmings – invasive plants from other areas can harm the Garden.
Proceeds support Thunderbird Elementary School’s food garden expansion* to add a three-bin cedar composter and small orchard garden. This food garden is a SPEC School Garden Project. spec.bc.ca
Tree chipping is generously supported by UBC Plant Operations.
Questions? Visit our website or call 604.822.3928.
*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
Free

Join our Curator of Collections for a talk on what are the best trees to grow in Vancouver.

Pruning Class
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 Class
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 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.
Urban Organic Gardening Class
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 Class – 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 Class – 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.
For more information on our courses and lectures, please click here.
6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 CA
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