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February in the Garden 2022

Posted on June 3, 2022 by ariel baena-tan

In the winter, woody plants with bark are often those that elicit the greatest number of comments from visitors.
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Sunflowers’ invisible colours help them attract bees and adapt to drought

Posted on June 3, 2022 by Garden Communications

Jan 18, 2022 | For more information, contact Peter Meiszner It turns out sunflowers are more than just a pretty face: the ultraviolet colours of their flowers not only attract pollinators, but also help the plant regulate water loss, according to new UBC research. The dense collection of yellow petals of a sunflower (technically an […]
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Erin Despard: Artist in Residence update

Posted on June 6, 2022 by Garden Communications

Plant Propagation for the People: A Community Design Process
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January in the Garden 2022

Posted on June 6, 2022 by ariel baena-tan

As I've said many times before in this blog space, it's difficult to predict the weather at the Botanical Garden more than a week or two out, which leaves me with little confidence about the number of winter-flowering plants that might be blooming for a visitor's New Year's walk. At this writing in mid-December, Clematis cirrhosa (winter clematis), Grevillea victoriae (royal grevillea), Mahonia x media 'Charity' (hybrid mahonia) and Viburnum x bodnantense (Bodnant viburnum) are looking great and full of flowers. As long as it doesn't freeze hard, all of these will still be in bloom and there will be plenty of other flowers to talk about for January. No promises, of course. I can, however, talk about a feature that isn't in the least affected by our normal weather: bark.  
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$1.4-million gift helps UBC Botanical Garden grow its conservation, climate adaptation efforts

Posted on December 15, 2021 by Garden Communications

UBC Botanical Garden’s approach to climate action, education and public engagement has been bolstered by an anonymous gift of $1.4-million in support of the Garden’s Sustainable Communities Field School.
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