Construction Update

David C. Lam Asian Garden Irrigation Upgrade Construction Update

UBC Botanical Garden is replacing a decades-old irrigation system and upgrading the major pathways in the Asian Garden, providing better access to the collections and the Greenheart TreeWalk. We are working hard to keep the disruption to our visitors to a minimum, and thank you in advance for your patience.


What part of the Garden is closed?
Parts of the David C. Lam Asian Garden are closed to the public during construction. Please visit our gatehouse and talk to our admission staff to learn about daily closures as they change as construction is completed. Throughout construction, there is a series of pathways that lead down to the Greenheart TreeWalk and back that will be open. The other areas of the Garden outside of the Asian Garden remain open.

How will my visit be impacted by the construction?
There are some machinery and supplies in our parking lot, as well as machinery operating in the Asian Garden. As you get close to the construction the sound can be loud, however, the majority of the Garden is peaceful.

Is the Greenheart TreeWalk open?
Yes! The Greenheart TreeWalk is open and operating on our regular schedule. Visit our Greenheart TreeWalk page to learn more about this exciting eco-adventure.

What about visitors with mobility challenges?
There is a series of pathways open to the end of the Asian Garden and back, including a route without stairs. The paths are appropriate for strollers. However, with construction underway, it can be challenging to push a stroller or wheelchair through the Asian Garden. The rest of our garden areas remain open and are more accessible. If you have mobility challenges please ask our admission staff for a suggested route to best accommodate your needs. Learn more about accessibility at the Garden.

When will construction end?
As with all large construction projects, sometimes delays occur, so the best way to stay up to date on construction progress its to check back on our website for more information.

Is it still worthwhile to visit?
Yes, there are so many beautiful blooms right now and it is a wonderful time to visit without crowds. Don’t miss out. Most of our Garden remains open. The Nitobe Memorial Garden at 1895 Lower Mall, on UBC Campus is also open if you’d like to avoid construction.

I have questions. Is there somewhere I can call?
If you have any concerns please contact us at 604-822-4208 or email