Learn about the beautiful blooms of UBC’s magnolia collection. Hidden among the tall western red cedar and Douglas fir trees is a magnificent collection of magnolia trees that are best viewed at this time of year when the bright white and pink blooms are out. Join Douglas Justice as he walks through the David C. Lam Asian Garden and shares our efforts to study, conserve and celebrate these special trees.
UBC Botanical Garden is a magical place in early spring, in large part because of its extensive conservation collection of flowering magnolias. The largest of magnolia flowers are found on the Asian deciduous species, their selections and hybrids. Magnolias in this group produce flowers on naked stems in very early spring, before leaf emergence. This group is particularly well represented in the Asian Garden and plants in bloom—many of which are large trees, 10m tall or more—typically elicit much picture-taking and gasps of pleasure by garden visitors.
When: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am OR 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, meet at the Ting lookout near the Garden entrance
Along with duties as the Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, Douglas Justice also teaches in both the Masters of Landscape Architecture programs at UBC and the Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Training Program. He is an active member of a number of local, national and international plant and garden organizations, including MSI (Magnolia Society International). Douglas headed the team that created the Vancouver Trees mobile app, and worked with volunteers in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to produce the handbook, Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver.
Space is limited, register online to secure your spot! While children are always welcomed, these tours are targeted for an adult audience. Tours will go ahead rain or shine.
Please note that this is a walking tour with very few locations to sit throughout the tour.
UBC Botanical Garden does not have the capacity to refund tickets. If the performance is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, ticket holders will receive a gift card for the value of their tickets that can be redeemed for UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden admission and in The Shop in the Garden
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