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.

6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 CA
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