A series of small gardens of special interest and naturalized areas dot the grounds of UBC Botanical Garden.
Pacific Slope Garden
Under planning and early development, the Pacific Slope Garden will contain flora of coastal British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. The first plantings for this area adjacent to the BC Rainforest Garden were made in 2011.
Behind the Food Garden, the Arbour Garden consists of a wooden trellis that supports a variety of climbing plants. In autumn, the Parthenocissus (creeper) on the west side of the arbor forms a dramatic backdrop to the Food Garden.
Of special interest in winter and early spring for its colours and fragrances, the Winter Garden surrounds the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre.
Perennial Borders Garden
The Perennial Borders Garden, near the Garden Pavilion, bursts with colour during summer and autumn. Modern and heritage cultivars of both common and rare plants reveal practical and potential border plants for the home gardener.
Dwarf Conifers Garden
A low-maintenance collection of conifers flanks the E. H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden. Dwarf conifers are of interest both to gardeners challenged by small spaces and to scientists interested in determining whether the dwarf properties of these conifers are due to genetics or environment.
Walk in the Woods Trail
At the end of the David C. Lam Asian Garden, near the entrance to the Greenheart TreeWalk, is the trailhead to the Walk in the Woods. This 15-30 minute long walk loops through a second-growth century-old coastal rainforest.
The Cattail Marsh is a small wetland that serves as a retaining pond for water, a favoured area of wildlife and birds, and a site of annual studies of wetland flora and fauna by UBC Biology students.
Located north of the Arbour, the Contemporary Garden is an extensive grassed area surrounded by lush borders filled with a variety of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials chosen for botanical interest and spring and summer display. The area is a favourite for events and strolling.