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June 2016 in the Garden

June is high season for herbaceous perennials at the Botanical Garden. There are half a dozen areas around the garden where herbaceous displays are prominent, but in terms of sheer real estate, the Asian Garden’s herbaceous collection overshadows all t

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May 2016 in the Garden

This year, like last, will go down as one of the better years for flowers and strong, healthy growth. Conditions are so similar to last year’s that I could just insert the May 2015 in the Garden article, change a few names, and no one would be the wise

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The Garden welcomes Celeste Snowber as our new Artist in Residence

UBC Botanical Garden is thrilled to welcome Dr. Celeste Snowber as our new Artist in Residence. This position is both important and exciting because it enhances our mission to connect the community to our plant collection through new and creative avenues. Celeste is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. As a dancer, poet, scholar and educator, her work focuses on arts-based research methods which unite scholarly inquiry with the creative process.

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April 2016 in the Garden

Like last year, we’re well on the way to one of the warmest springs in recent memory. A number of plants flowered two to three weeks early and many familiar April-blooming plants long since put out their flowers (how about those magnolias and cherries?). But again like last year, there are plenty of plants sitting tight, waiting to flower as they normally would—or at least within only a week or two of their usual time. On this list of conservative bloomers are many in the genus Rhododendron, a group of plants that numbers around four hundred and fifty species varieties and cultivars in the Garden.

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Expedition to Northern Vietnam

Since the 1970s, the living plants collections of the David C. Lam Asian Garden have grown through the botanical fieldwork of an international network of explorers. My predecessor, Peter Wharton, participated in over 15 expeditions throughout Asia. I h

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