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

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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)
 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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