Some people have a passion for nature. They live it, breathe it, work with it, and it becomes their legacy. Dr. Roy Taylor, the first Director of the Botanical Garden at its current site and Professor of Botany and Plant Science from 1968 to 1985, had a passion for botany and horticulture. A well respected scholar in the field of Cytological Flora of B.C. and author and editor of over 150 publications, he not only oversaw the Garden’s activities and contributed to research as a faculty member, but also founded the Friends of the Garden, our tireless volunteer group who are the heart and soul of our corner of Point Grey. Since Roy began the group in 1976, the FOGs have raised millions of dollars that go directly to the Garden, ensuring it continues to thrive.
Roy was also an avid collector of botanical art, and together with his wife, Dr. Janet Stein Taylor, Professor of Botany at UBC, they amassed an incredible collection of paintings, drawings, and artifacts from around the world. After Janet’s death in 2015, the Taylor Botanical Art Collection was bequeathed to the FOGs with the purpose of selling for the benefit of the Botanical Garden, continuing the Taylors’ passion for public outreach in horticulture.
The collection will be available at the Shop in the Garden from November 26 until January 31.