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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)

 Volunteers Needed!

UBC Botanical Garden is seeking volunteers to lead 60-minute drop-in tours throughout the summer and fall. Guides play a vital role in our mission by bringing the collection to life through engaging educational interactions with garden visitors. For this role, we are seeking people 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.

Learn more about volunteer opportunties on our website.

 Drop-in Tours are back!

Guided ‘drop-in’ tours at the UBC Botanical Garden are back starting Friday, July 4th at 1pm. Available a few times a week; our exciting 60-minute tours include an introduction to our Asian, Food and Physics gardens.  Tours are available with the prize of admission and are led by staff and trained volunteer garden guides.

With over 12,000 plants covering 78 acres (31.5 hectares), the UBC Botanical Garden cultivates and displays significant plant groups set within the backdrop of a lush temperate forest.  Come learn more about our history, or collection and our community!

• Pre-registration is not required.
• Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Tours for groups are available by appointment only.

For more information on tours visit our website.


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.

Celebrate summer solstice with a unique performance by the captivating vertical dance group, Aeriosa, while exploring Vancouver’s most exciting eco-adventure attraction, Greenheart Canopy Walkway. Spectators will be able to see a captivating fusion of rock-climbing skill and contemporary dance movement perched on viewing platforms high in the treetops on the canopy walkway.

The talented dancers will explore movement three dimensionally in space with both horizontal and vertical movements made possible by their special rigging set up in the trees.  The experience will shift your perspective as it combines art, nature and community in one spectacular show.  Aeriosa Artistic Director Julia Taffe says,  “Trees are a witness of time.” So let this be your time to shed spring and witness the longest day of the year with an unforgettable experience.


June 21, 6:00pm – 7:30pm (family-friendly). Ticket Prices:  adults $20, children $10, family $50

June 21, 8:00pm – 9:30pm (adults only – includes wine and cheese). Ticket Price:  adults $30

* Limited number of tickets available for purchase for walkway viewing. Please let us know if you have mobility issues as we have available a limited number of ground-level seats. Included in the adults only ticket price is one glass of wine and a selection of appetizers.

We welcome the public to purchase regular canopy walkway access to watch rehearsals. During rehearsal, expect to see dancers suspended from trees as Artist Director Julia Taffe directs them to perfect their routine for final performances. Canopy Walkway access costs just $20 for an adult with discounted rates for seniors, students, children and families. Access to watch rehearsals are also included in annual Garden membership for members who have upgraded to include the canopy walkway. Rehearsals will be taking place on June 10 – 13 & June 16 – 19 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

UBC Botanical Garden at 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver. Free parking available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. A guide will greet and lead you to the canopy walkway.

For more information and to reserve your ticket visit our website.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Bring your dad for free to UBC Botanical Garden!

Come and celebrate Fathers’ Day at UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden with free garden admission for all dads all weekend during Garden Days June 13-15, 2014! Fathers are also eligible for special $10 Greenheart Canopy Walkway pricing all weekend.*

There will also be free drop-in garden tours for all visitors on Saturday June 14 & 15 at 1 pm each day at UBC Botanical Garden.

We know that every family is different and welcome fathers, step-fathers, child-mentors, foster-fathers and all father-figures to join us for this special promotion!

For more information on Garden Days visit the official website.

*Father’s garden admission is free with another paid admission of any category. Father’s $10 admission for the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is applicable only with another paid admission of any category.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

The Shop in the Garden now has the first four books of the exciting new series of Plant Lover’s Guides from Timber Press, highlighting snowdrops, sedums, salvias and dahlias.

Each book provides up-to-date information on hybrids, cultivars and species, and is accompanied by excellent photography of both the plants and the gardens that feature them.

Also new is Formenton Pottery in cheerful designs – good quality and excellent value; particularly popular is the robin motif. As well, new Teflon covered tablecloths, perfect for outdoor dining (but nice enough to use indoors) in colours and style reminiscent of Provence.

In our Garden Centre, keep your eye out for our plants with yellow tags. These are grown by the Friends of the Garden from seeds, cuttings or divisions from their own gardens or here at the UBC Botanical Garden. 100% of these sales support UBCBG. Choose from our selection of native plants to help support local biodiversity in your neighbourhood. The Garden Centre carries a broad selection of commercial plants suitable for smaller gardens, SeaSoil and garden ornaments.

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:  twitter, facebook and instagram Our username on all three of these social networks is “ubcgarden” – follow us for the latest!.

– See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/tree-chipping#sthash.0lkavkgw.dpuf

Winter Harvests from Small Spaces

June 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 


Learn to grow healthy food year-round in containers, community gardens, backyards, rooftops and more.

Students will learn about: 

  • site assessment for winter gardens
  • basic winter gardening considerations
  • common garden pests
  • how and when to harvest food

Students will get hands-on experience with: 

  • selecting food plants for small space production
  • sowing seeds for winter production
  • transplanting seeds

Learn more and register.


Organic Pest Control: Plant Protection for Food Gardens

July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 


Got bugs on your balcony? Wilted plants in your yard? Join us as we explore organic pest management for food gardens with practical tips for creating lush and healthy gardens.

Students will learn about: 

  • Common pests in the garden
  • Organic pest control options
  • Importance of plant diversity for healthy gardens

Students will get hands-on experience with: 

  • Assessing plant health
  • Identifying garden insects
  • Using organic pest controls

 Learn more and register.

The verdant exuberance of June foliage is sometimes difficult to equal with flowers, but there are a number of ornamentals that manage the task. Among the commoner June flowers, roses and weigelas and earlier perennials such as geraniums and much of the daisy clan come to mind. In the Botanical Garden there are these, as well as a few less obvious examples that are worth looking out for.

Members of the Styracaceae (snowbell family) are very popular when in flower, as they mostly have attractively drooping, white, bell-shaped blooms that are strongly lemon scented. Nearly all of the genera other than Styrax flower in April or May, but the ten or so species of Styrax present in the Garden all produce their flowers in June.  One of the most beautiful is a Chinese selection of the Japanese snowbell, known as S. japonicus ‘Fargesii’, which has neat, crisply white bells, each backed by small purple-green calyx. The flowers are borne on long, slender similarly dark stalks,  and they festoon the undersides of the wide, horizontal branches in incredible numbers. This tree is visible at the corner of Stearn and Rehder Trails.
Read more on our blog.

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