This regular feature will highlight the activities of the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden (FOGs), a close-knit volunteer group at the Garden, as they continue their contributions and community during the pandemic and beyond.
FOGs Ready Seeds for Spring Gardening
Date posted: March 11, 2021
The best way to greet the spring time is by seeding and planting at home and in our gardens. The Friends of UBC Botanical Garden are plenty busy collecting seeds in the Garden, and preparing them for sale in the Shop in the Garden.
One of the FOGs is choosing special seeds for her garden. Prepare for your spring and summer gardens at the Shop in the Garden today.
Photos by Gudrun Hancock.
Cozy Winter Rhododendrons
Date posted: March 11, 2021
Four FOGs from the Seedy Growers group visit the Garden earlier in the winter season. All bundled up, they sympathize with the rhododendron behind them. The rhododendron protects itself from the cold by curling up its leaves and letting them hang down for minimal exposure to the freezing temperature.
Now into spring, the rhododendrons are starting to bloom again! Visit the Garden to check their progress.
Photo by Betty K. Griffiths
Seedies at Work
Date posted: March 4, 2021
The FOGs’ Seed Planting group plant seeds in the UBC Botanical Gardens nursery at this time of year and in any weather. All pots are carefully planted, labeled and recorded. The FOGs will tend to these seedlings until they are mature enough to sell in the Shop & Garden Centre, re-opening soon.
Photo taken by Cathy Accera.
FOGS Potting Up
Date posted: February 25, 2021
FOGs check on the plants they have nurtured in the Longe Plant house. Many of these will be available for sale in the Shop & Garden Centre after re-opening. See you there soon for your spring flower pots.
Photo taken by Gudrun Hancock.
Getting Plant Ready with the Back 40
Date posted: February 18, 2021
Friends of UBC Botanical Garden (FOGs) Brenda and Steffany show off fine specimens of Galanthus and Helleborus, recently potted at the Back 40 area where FOGs propagate plants for the Shop in the Garden & Garden Centre.
Plants lovingly hand-grown by the FOGs will be available when the Shop and Garden Centre re-open March 3, 2021.
Photo taken by Wendy McKee.
FOGs Take Stock in the New Year
Date posted: February 11, 2021
Did you know that the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden manage the Shop in the Garden? Every January FOGs prepare for re-opening in Spring, take stock of the inventory and decide on their unique selection of plants, garden supplies, books, gifts, and more.
Facing the new challenges of the pandemic, the FOGs collaborate on how to best serve Shop and Garden Centre visitors and continue to deliver good value, garden advice and a pleasant shopping experience.
Photos by Karen Yurkovich.