There are some four hundred and fifty different kinds of rhododendrons in UBC Botanical Garden’s collections. Most of them flower in April, so I thought it appropriate to make this month’s offering include a few of them.
In the late fall of 2016 UBC Botanical Garden lost one of its longest-standing Friends of the Garden, Jo Bridge. Jo joined the FOGs in 1976 and served in various capacities as a volunteer for the Garden for 40 years.
As this past February was the coldest on record for Vancouver, I am continuing with the theme of cautious weather forecasting by falling back on another group of broadleaved evergreens — bamboos.
In 1987, Paul Kroeger — a mushroom enthusiast of over 35 years and founding member of Vancouver Mycological Society — discovered a previously unidentified mushroom at the UBC Botanical Garden.
UBC Botanical Garden is one of three winners in a campus-wide contest to reduce UBC’s energy use during the 2018/2019 holiday season.
As floral forecasts for the month can be unreliable, it’s probably better to focus on a fascinating, but ultimately more dependable winter plant feature: overwintering buds.
When rhododendrons are not in flower, people tend to look elsewhere, but rhododendrons are definitely worth a second glance.