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UBC Botanical Garden
Operating Hours
UBC Botanical Garden
Daily 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Shop in the Garden
Daily 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Weekdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Open daily starting March 15

Greenheart Canopy Walkway
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
March: Fridays – Sundays
April: Daily
Volunteer at the Garden
Volunteers play a vital role in our mission by bringing the collection to life through engaging educational interactions with garden visitors. Learn more about volunteering at UBC Botanical Garden by visiting our website. 
Become a Member
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.
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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.
2015 Workshops, Lectures & Tours now online
Interested in learning something new? We have a diverse selection of workshops, lectures and tours on topics such as pruning, organic gardening, arts, sustainability and more. There are over 15 workshops, lectures and tours currently listed and we are adding even more!

March Workshops:

Plant Diversity in Baja California
Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre
Cost: $5
Discover plant diversity in the Sonoran Desert Peninsula of Baja California with Ernesto Sandoval, Director at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.
Plan and Establish Espalier Fruit Trees
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 
UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre
Cost: $29.75 members, UBC students & UNA, $35 public
Do you know that most temperate tree fruits we grow in our gardens are grafted? Learn how plant tissues can be joined to optimize growth.
Fruit Tree Grafting
Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 
UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre
Cost: $29.75 members, UBC students & UNA; $35 public
Discover plant diversity in the Sonoran Desert Peninsula of Baja California with Ernesto Sandoval, Director at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.
Magnolia Magic Walking Tours
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm 
UBC Botanical Garden Entrance
Cost: $10
Join expert guides to explore the magnificent magnolia trees in bloom at the UBC Botanical Garden
Click here to visit our listings page and register.
March in the Garden
Notwithstanding an unexpected plunge into freezing temperatures, most spring-flowering plants in the Botanical Garden will be three weeks to a month early this year.  Without a doubt, the most impressive of these early bloomers will be our magnolias. Normally opening in late March and April, the Asiatic deciduous magnolia already started showing their finery in the last week of February. Magnolias in this group produce flowers on naked stems, well before leaf emergence. This group is particularly well represented in the David C. Lam Asian Garden and plants in bloom—many of which are large trees, 10 m tall or more—typically elicit much picture taking.
Horticulture Training Program

Come and join a free information session to learn all about the UBC Botanical Gardens’ provincially accredited Horticulture Training Program. Meet the instructors, tour the facilities and discuss the exciting projects we have planned for the upcoming year.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 22, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn more about this exciting program on our website. 
Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre
Spring is definitely on the way!
The early selection of West Coast Seeds have arrived. Get a head start with their ‘Gardening Guide 2015.’ Success in the food garden requires a plan. Broad beans, peas, and spinach can be planted now. We also have seeds of popular ornamental plants collected in UBC Botanical Garden by our volunteer Friends of the Garden.
For the Garden Centre, our volunteers are potting up their early spring gems for you to take home for immediate colour and for perennial enjoyment in your garden. Remember that our plants with yellow tags are produced by volunteers and are often varieties that are not available commercially. Purchasing these plants further benefits our UBC Garden as our production costs are minimal.
This year, our focus in the Garden Centre is plants suitable for containers. This will include more dwarf and columnar varieties of woody plants, perennials with good leaf interest when out of bloom and edibles that perform well in containers. We are now receiving deliveries of new treasures every week. We also have Sea Soil to replenish your planters.
Inside the Shop in the Garden, new goods are being unpacked daily. There is no shortage of new whimsical garden ornaments, metalwork and other delights.
With free parking and a relaxed atmosphere, the Shop in the Garden is ideal for thoughtful purchasing decisions. All profits from the Shop help support the Garden. The Shop is open 7 days a week, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Consider purchasing or gifting a membership to the UBC Botanical Garden to enjoy unlimited visits and a 10% discount on all purchases year round.
Thank you for supporting UBC Botanical Garden!
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