Mark your calendar: Treasured Bulb Sale – Sept. 13

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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)

Segways tours – NEW!

UBC Botanical Garden has partnered with Wild BC Tours and Guiding to bring segway tours to the Garden. If you’ve never tried a segway before, you are in for a treat. Gliding through the garden is next to effortless and a great way to experience more of our wonderful collections in a single visit.

Learn more about Segway Tours in the Garden.

Rain City Chronicles

The Great Outdoors, a storytelling event put on by the Rain City Chronicles, held on August 7th in the UBC Botanical Garden, was just such a night. But it was no ordinary evening–the garden, complete with a supermoon above, was made all the more special by the presence of gifted storytellers and musicians, pies and gin, belly laughter and hushed listening in the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre.

Click here to read a blog post on our website about the event.

Aeriosa

This summer, in partnership with Greenheart Canopy Walkway, the Garden hosted the Aeriosa Dance Society for 7 performances in June and August. With over 500 tickets sold and 5 sold-out performances, our collaborative vision to combine unexpected experiences of dance with the natural environment of the Garden was realized.  We also celebrated the performances with wine and cheese gatherings in the Meyer Glade while the sun set and the squirrels chattered. Special thanks are extended to Julia Taffe and all her dancers, Randi Thomas and all the amazing volunteers without whom this special event could not have happened.

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.

Follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram. Our handle is @ubcgarden.

Treasured Bulb Sale

September 13, 2014, 11am-3pm

Free event admission

Don’t miss our fall bulb sale for a great Bulb selection including garden favourites and specialty bulbs for all seasons. There will be tea and goodies, planting demonstrations, and more!

Apple Festival

October 18-19, 2014, 11am-4pm
$4 cash entry (Children 12 years and under free)

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Scarecrow Contest – NEW!

Entry deadline October 1, 2014, 4pm
Free!

We invite you to participate in our first ever SCARECROW Contest at UBC Botanical Garden’s Apple Festival! Let your imagination run wild and be eligible to win some great prizes.

Click here to learn more about all of these exciting events!

Join the Friends of the Garden (FOGs)

Founded in 1976, the Friends of the Garden or ‘FOGs’, are members of a volunteer-based branch of the botanical garden. Comprised of 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. FOGs receive a number of benefits for their contribution to the garden including discounts in our Shop in the Garden, weekly show and tell sessions and numerous tours and learning opportunities.

Interested in joining? The new FOG class starts September 17, 2014 for a 13 week training program. Visit our website for more information and to apply.

 

Join the Garden Outreach Team!

Are you interested in connecting with like-minded people and talking with people about the Garden and sustainability?  We have a busy season of events and outreach opportunities coming up this Fall and we need your help!  Volunteer outreach assistants play an important role by reaching out to the UBC and Vancouver community by raising awareness about the Garden programs and services. To become a volunteer outreach assistants please send an email directly to garden.programs@ubc.ca and include Volunteer Outreach Assistant in the subject line.

Upcoming opportunities

  • UBC Staff BBQ Sept 10th (10:30-2:00 pm)
  • Treasured Bulb Sale Sept 13th (10am-4:30pm)
  • UNA Barn Raising Sept 13th (10am-4:30pm)
  • Wesbrook Village Festival Sept 20th (11am-4pm)
  • Apple Fest Oct 18 & 19th
Your garden can be refreshed in our Garden Centre with the instant colour of Chrysanthemums and pansies. We service all seasons with plants for fall colour, winter fragrance, and bulbs for spring cheer!

We also have wall plaques, perfect for indoors or outdoors, with botanical flowers and birds by Wall Blossoms.

Vancouver-made cups and bowls in ‘Birch Pattern’ by local artist Sophia Clay Art will bring the outdoors inside to your table.

New patterns in our popular tablecloth selection will renew your table and Blue Dot pottery from Sechelt will add a splash of whimsy.

Stonewashed wool scarves in new autumnal jewel tones from Kemi Trading will keep you stylish and warm.

Stationery from the Shop in the Garden will help you to be organized, on time, in touch and appreciated.

One of the most frequently asked questions at the Botanical Garden is “where are the flowers?” This is not a silly question, given that most public and large commercial gardens are designed with floral display as a primary objective. In many cases, it may not be obvious to the visitor what she/he is actually looking at in a botanical garden compared with a typical display garden. However, because the Botanical Garden is primarily a research and teaching collection, it is difficult to justify the high cost of extensive flower beds. Such a dilemma—more flowers equals more revenue, versus more science equals more value to research and teaching—is not uncommon with university botanical gardens.

Read more on our blog.

– Douglas Justice, Associate Director of Horticulture and Collections

Thank you for supporting UBC Botanical Garden!
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