April in the Garden 2024

April in the Garden 2024

2024 will go down as an exceptional year for ornamental cherries, but one of the least predictable for timing. For example, the flowering schedule outlined in the handbook Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver, published in 2014 after several years of careful phenological observations, has been mostly turned on its head. Early cherries, like Prunus ‘Accolade’, are […]

March in the Garden 2024

March in the Garden 2024

  In the March 2017 blog, I wrote about spring-flowering rhododendrons. I hope you’ll forgive me for returning to this subject, but I’ve seldom seen as extensive a bud-set on rhododendrons as they are providing us this year. Most visitors know that UBC Botanical Garden has an excellent collection of rhododendrons; at last count there […]

Welcoming Derek Churchill, Interim Principal Instructor for the Horticulture Training Program

Welcoming Derek Churchill, Interim Principal Instructor for the Horticulture Training Program

The Garden is excited to welcome Derek Churchill, as interim Principal Horticulture Training Program Instructor. Derek is a seasoned Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist with two decades of experience in the landscape trade. With a long-term focus on plants and soil, Derek is able to impart his of knowledge to ensure the application of horticultural best management practices. His […]

Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy’s Patagonian Tour with Laura Caddy

Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy’s Patagonian Tour with Laura Caddy

This January I was very fortunate to be included in Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy’s Patagonian Tour. This was an excellent educational opportunity to join a small group of 12 botanists, horticulturists and plant enthusiasts, led by renowned expert and botanist Marcela Ferreyra. The itinerary focused on observing alpine flora, as January is the best time […]

February in the Garden 2024

February in the Garden 2024

January was a bit of a sock in the jaw, wasn’t it? Every single flower that was open on January 10th (and there were plenty) was frozen solid by suppertime on the 11th. Let’s hope February doesn’t give us a repeat performance. Not to worry, though—UBC Botanical Garden has plenty of cold-hardy broad-leaved evergreens that […]

January in the Garden 2024

January in the Garden 2024

Planning a January visit to UBC Garden? Discover our broadleaf cold-hardy evergreens!

Christmas Tree Recycling Available at UBC Botanical Garden

Christmas Tree Recycling Available at UBC Botanical Garden

  In partnership with SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), we will take your Christmas tree and recycle it for a suggested donation of $5. Your contribution directly supports students at Britannia Community Elementary School. Donations will contribute to the replacement of damaged garden beds, compost material and the creation of pollinator-friendly habitat.     Drop […]

Exploring Nature’s Classroom: Horticulture Training Program Field Trip 

Exploring Nature’s Classroom: Horticulture Training Program Field Trip 

  In horticulture training, learning extends beyond the walls of lecture halls and the borders of the garden. The immersive experience of a field trip offers students an invaluable opportunity to connect theory with practice while nurturing their passion for plants and the environment. To start off the new school year, UBC Botanical Garden’s Horticulture […]