In this Issue
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
Opens April 19!
Canopy Walkway opens April 19!
The Greenheart Canopy Walkway is set to open the weekend of April 19 – 21, 2014.
Join us for the GRAND OPENING weekend of the walkway for the 2014 season.  There will be guided tours, giveaways and a competition to win a season pass for your family.
Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre

Spring giftware is arriving daily, so many beautiful things for indoor needs as well as that perfect thing to complete the look of your outdoor oasis.  Botanically themed tablewear and linens, Easter bunnies, rusty metal garden sculpture, exquisite little sedum-planted miniature gardens…. The Shop is virtually bursting at the beams! The Garden Centre also has beautiful magnolias available. Check out our shop page for a list of which ones are available. There are great deals to be had on summer bulbs with many up to 25% off.
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!
 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.
This time of year is so beautiful in the garden. It changes so rapidly you could visit every day and see something new. The best way to make the most out of the garden is through a membership.
Our Horticulture Training Program is holding an information session Thursday April 10th at 7 p.m. Come and learn about how to begin a rewarding career in horticulture. See below for more information about our program.
Our spring plant sale A Growing Affair will be held on May 10th, 2014! See below for more information on what sets this plant sale apart from other local sales.
If you haven’t been to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum yet to see  Dana Cromie’s fabulous art exhibit Remnants you still have time. Dana is UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence (more below).
Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.

What do our students have to say about the program?

Coming from a background of zero horticultural experience, this program equipped me with industry relevant skills and confidence, to start working in the field immediately after completion. Each instructor was incredibly knowledgable in their respected fields, and displayed a love for horticulture which made for a better learning environment. Being situated in a botanical garden, it gave us opportunities to work with very different plant material from around the world, and allowed us to use live material for plant identification. This program offers a wide variety of skills that will put you ahead of the pack.
– Justin Wong, Horticulture Training Program 2012-13 graduate
Next Info Session: this Thursday April 10th, 2014
To learn more about the program visit our website. 
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.

Learn more.

*Funds may be used for other school garden purposes as needed. – See more at:

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:

Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress
January 31-April 20, 2014

An exciting special exhibit by Artist In Residence Dana Cromie is still on at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Don’t miss out!
This series of portraits is Cromie’s reaction to the ongoing reduction by human activity of natural habitat. Built using the small pieces of the contemporary viewing pane, these collage quilts pay homage to traditional home economics and to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. The vertical format reflects the traditional portrait proportions of influential individuals. The repeated use of small pieces relates to how we build our impression of the world without experiencing it.
Twenty-six original drawings have been letterpress printed, hand cut into 1,500 pieces and glued into five portraits. The sources for the nature drawings are mostly archival, some from the Internet, some from the cabinets of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and a few from nature. What is always missing is context. The design of the man-made elements in the style of traditional wallpaper is Cromie’s response to the appropriation of ‘Green’ currently utilized to promote everything from gasoline to urban towers. Humans are absent in the portraits because as individuals we do not see our relationship to the changes in the environment.
Visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum website for more information about this special exhibit.
April is such an amazing month, it’s worth asking, “what’s not in bloom?” Clearly, many plants do not flower in April, but in the Botanical Garden there are more plants in bloom this month than any other. Magnolias and rhododendrons lead the charge with their lavish blooms, but a closer look around the Garden reveals an extraordinary array of flowers of all shapes and sizes, colours and fragrances.
A number of local native plants vie for our attention, and prominent among them is the common salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), whose brilliant magenta blooms are the preferred feeding sites for migratory rufous hummingbirds, returning now from their winter feeding grounds. Another on the hummingbird’s menu is the red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). Although red forms are most common in gardens, pink- and white-flowered selections are equally attractive, and the hummingbirds feed on all of them with equal enthusiasm.
Different sorts of daffodils (Narcissus spp.) have been blooming since early March, but many of the most attractive dwarfs are starting to bloom now in the E.H. LohbrunnerAlpine Garden. Among the most notable are the tiny cyclamen-flowered daffodil, N. cyclamineus, the rock narcissus, N. rupicola, and a number of hoop-petticoat daffodils including N. bulbocodium and N. romieuxii. .
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