Nitobe Memorial Garden Current
Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm
Beginning April 1
Daily 9:30 am to 5 pm
Greenheart Canopy Walkway
Opening date to be announced
Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre
It is an exciting time of year in shop with new stock arriving frequently. We carry a wide selection of seeds, plants, tools, books and unique gifts.
A couple of current product highlights are beautiful heathers, new rain ponchos, and a selection of items perfect for mini gardens including small statues, and books on small space and container gardening like Janit Calvo’sÂ Gardening in MiniatureÂ featured in the image above.
We are also awaiting rhododendrons and some other exciting new plant stock. 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 onÂ twitter,Â facebookÂ andÂ instagramÂ where we will post frequent updates. Our username on all three of these social networks is “ubcgarden” – follow us for the latest!
Work with us!
We are hiring staff for exciting new positions including a new Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Planning and an administrative support position. Learn more on theÂ careers section of ubc.ca.
Â 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,Â UBC Botanical GardenÂ curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world.
Welcome back to UBC Botanical Garden for another great season!
UBC Botanical Garden will officially re-open on March 15 and Nitobe Memorial Garden will open April 1, 2014.Â
If you’ve not considered a membership at UBC Botancial Garden before, now is the perfect time. We’ve added great new benefits to our program and have made membership even more affordable.
There are also some great new membership categories like our “Adult and Child” (perfect for single parents and guardians) and “Concession Couple” (great for senior and student couples) so you can find the perfect membership for your family.Â (see below for more information on membership).
This spring is going to be a busy! We have some great workshops scheduled, are in the process of hiring new positions (see sidebar), and have our hands dirty preparing for our annual A Growing Affair plant sale event. (Save the date for May 10th, 2014! – there will be more info in our next email newsletter).
Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop Saturday, April, 5 & Sunday April 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Â
Join botanical painter Alison Watt in the Garden Pavilion for this two day introductory course to Botanical Painting. The class will cover watercolour materials (brushes, paints, and paper) and basic watercolour techniques (mixing, glazing, wet-in-wet, masking). Special attention will be given to the concerns of plant painting. Learn more.
The Art of Basketry: Using Local Natural Materials
Saturday, April 12, or Sunday April 13, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Â
Learn the art of basketry using local natural material in the one day workshop. This workshop will introduce participants to weaving with western red cedar bark, yellow cedar bark, west coast sweetgrass, willow bark and beargrass. Choose Saturday or Sunday. Learn more.
Year Round Harvest
Saturday May 24th, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Â
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.
Remnants:Â A Visual Survey of Human Progress January 31-April 20, 2014
An exciting new exhibit by Artist In Residence Dana Cromie is on now at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
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 â€˜Greenâ€™ 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.
Talk & Tour with Dana Cromie Wednesday, March 19 | Saturday, March 22
1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the exhibition entry, under the blue whaleâ€™s tail
Join Dana Cromie for a talk and tour of Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress. Learn about the artwork, tour the exhibition, and chat with the artist.
Stop by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for a chance to meet and chat with Dana Cromie, UBC Botanical Garden Artist in Residence 2012-2014 and the artist behind Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress.
Observant visitors to the Botanical Garden will have noticed that there is a very large broadleaf evergreen plant missing from the landscape south of the viewing platform (the â€œTingâ€) at the end of the entrance boardwalk. The plant, an Asian avocado (Machilus viridis), came to us as a small seedling from the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle in 1987. In the mountains of Southwest China where it is native, the species is a dense, suckering, domed bush that can eventually become a 25-m-tall tree. Machilus viridis has both long-lived foliage and branches that usually persist to the ground for a number of years. The copiously produced fruits of the Asian avocado are, like the more familiar American avocado, rich in oils, and they are much sought after by birds. Unfortunately, bird-transported seeds of this plant germinate readily in shade, in both irrigated and unirrigated soil, and seedlings have the ability to shade out other plants. This combination of traitsâ€”wide ecological adaptability, success in competing for resources (light, water and nutrients) and easily dispersed seedsâ€”usually spells trouble.Â Continue reading on our blog.
StudentsÂ 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