A Growing Affair Plant Sale

A Growing Affair

Saturday May 7, 2016, 10am – 4pm
Free Admission
UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC

Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event offers new and experienced gardeners an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase.

What sets this plant sale apart is the quality of both the plants and information offered. Featuring a wide selection of plants propagated by the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden, shoppers can be comfortable, knowing that all of the plants for sale are well suited to our coastal climate of wet winters and dry summers. This year’s event will be focusing especially on plants that attract birds and bees to your garden. And if you aren’t sure what to grow or how to grow it, the UBC Botanical Garden Hortline staff and Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer your plant questions and help you make selections that will thrive in your unique environment.

Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years. The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants! Plants available will include garden favourites, rare and unusual plants as well as native plants, edibles and more. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program.

For those curious to learn more before buying, gardening experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Still need some extra help after the sale? Ask questions online on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums, and receive answers from the same volunteers who propagate and care for the plants!  Bring the kids! The event will also feature a children’s activity area for the next generation of gardeners.


List of plants

Click here to view the 2016 Plant List.
Note: Availability is subject to change.


Garden Tours

We will also be offering garden tours, every hour between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Starting on the walkway in front of the Garden’s entrance, tours will be approximately an hour with a general introduction to the Garden and highlight our demonstration food garden. (Note: Space is limited; first come, first served.)


Richard Louv book signing

Best-selling author, Richard Louv, is coming to the Garden with his new book, Vitamin N.  The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing Richard in as a guest speaker to Vancouver, BC – the first Canadian stop on the new book tour.  The UBC Botanical Garden will host a book signing in the afternoon, followed by some Guided Garden Tours. We have a Native Plants and Birds in your Backyard Tour hosted by Bird Studies Canada.  You can read more about Richard’s watershed works encouraging people to enjoy Nature here. Visit Vancouver Aquarium’s website for more info.


Parking / Public Transit

  • Parking: Limited spots are available
  • Public transit: Hop on Community Shuttle Bus #C20 from the main UBC Bus Loop
  • Bicycles welcome!



  • Please leave pets at home.
  • Cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard accepted.
  • For more information, call the Garden Shop at 604-822-4529.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden. All funds generated from the plant sale support research and educational activities.