Plant Collections

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UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 50,000 accessioned plants representing approximately 5,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world. Temperate forest plants of British Columbia, eastern North America and Asia are curated in woodland gardens, while a classic alpine garden displays the diverse flora of high-altitude regions of the world.

Today, the Botanical Garden collections include those of the Main Garden, the Botanical Garden Nursery and Nitobe Memorial Garden. Collections policy at UBC Botanical Garden follows a number of important criteria. These include providing plants and plant materials for academic study and research (based primarily on germplasm of documented wild origin), using plants to create attractive public displays, and providing the public with new plants through partnerships with local horticulture industry.

UBC Botanical Garden consists of the following separate gardens and garden elements:

  • Arbour Garden
  • Contemporary Garden
  • David C. Lam Asian Garden
  • E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden
  • Entrance Plantings • Food Garden
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden
  • North American Gardens
    • BC Rainforest Garden
    • Carolinian Forest Garden
    • Garry Oak Meadow & Woodland Garden
    • Pacific Slope Garden
  • Physic Garden
  • Winter Garden

Significant Collections

  • Wild-collected species of:
    • Acer (maples) from Europe, Asia and North America, including Acer pentaphyllum
    • alpine flora of the world
    • Clematis from Asia
    • climbing plants
    • Cornus (dogwoods) from Asia and North America
    • Epimedium (barrenworts)
    • ferns & fern allies
    • Lardizabalaceae (lardizabala family) from Asia
    • Magnolia from Asia and North America
    • Rhododendron from Europe, Asia and North America
    • Sorbus (mountain ash) from Asia and North America
    • Styracaceae (storax family) from Asia and eastern North America
    • vascular plants from rainforest, Garry oak and alpine ecosystems of British Columbia
  • Cultivated taxa of:
 

Using the Collections

You can search UBC Botanical Garden’s living collections through Canadensys.

If you would like to access our collections for research purposes please contact our Accessions Technician Eric LaFountaine at: e.lafountaine@ubc.ca or 604.822.0969

History of the Plant Collections

UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 with 900 species. By the late 1930s, the Botanical Garden included significant collections of British Columbia natives, willows, alpines, aquatics and medicinal plants, as well as native and exotic trees in the campus arboretum. Unfortunately, much of the old collections were lost or integrated with the campus plantings. The only remnants visible today are some very fine trees near the centre of campus.

NAPCC Collections

UBC Botanical Garden curates NAPCC Collections of Acer (maples) and Magnolia (magnolias).

What is an NAPCC Collection?

The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and to promote high standards of plant collections management. NAPCC Collections may serve as reference collections for plant identification and cultivar registration. Collection holders make germplasm available for taxonomic studies, evaluation, breeding and other research.