The mission of the Garden is to assemble, curate and maintain a documented collection of temperate plants for the purposes of research, conservation, education, community outreach and public display.

How we do it

As Canada’s oldest continuously operated university-based botanical garden, we steward a living and growing repository of wild-collected germplasm representing the plant biodiversity of selected native and international biomes. The total collection of approximately 120,000 accessioned plants represents some 6,000 taxa and includes major international collections of Magnolia, Acer (maples), Sorbus (mountain ash), Styracaceae (storax family) and Rhododendron.

A key part of the University’s biodiversity collections, the Garden provides resources to researchers, students and the public that reach far beyond its collections to provide a window onto the species, ecosystem and genetic diversity of the natural world.