Photography & Filming

Construction Update: UBC Botanical Garden has completed the pathway restoration and upgrading phase of our irrigation system replacement and expansion project in the David C. Lam Asian Garden. The newly surfaced pathways will greatly improve accessibility in the Garden, especially in wet weather. The final phase of our irrigation system upgrade, including beautification of the construction area, is underway, focussing on specific areas with minimal impact to our visitors. The new irrigation system supports our mission to assemble, curate and maintain a documented collection of temperate plants for the purposes of research, conservation, education, community outreach and public display. We thank our members, visitors and volunteers for their support and patience.

Casual & Tourist Photography

You are encouraged to take casual and tourist photos in UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden. Please note that tripods, luggage, large equipment and costumes or special event outfits are not permitted. Please view and abide by our Garden Etiquette & Rules.

  • Photographers cannot block paths or access to any areas of the Garden.
  • Please leave flowers and plants for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, plant labels, etc.
  • Stay on pathways and mowed lawn areas. Do not walk in mulched or planted garden beds.

Wedding, Engagement or Personal Promotional Photography*

Looking to capture your special day at either UBC Botanical Garden or Nitobe Memorial Garden? The cost for wedding, engagement, or personal promotional photography is $250, which includes a two-hour photo session and admission to the Garden (up to maximum 15 people). For groups over 15, additional people can be added at our group rates. Both gardens can be used with an additional payment of $50 if visited on the same day (must be booked in advance; please note that Nitobe Memorial Garden has a maximum capacity of 25 people due to the sensitivity of the garden). Please view and abide by our Garden Etiquette & Rules.

*a staged photoshoot, such as for a family gathering, reunion or special occasion

Commercial Photography & Filming

Photography: All photos taken for commercial purposes (including business-related social media pages) must be approved by the Garden’s Bookings Coordinator. Please allow adequate time for approval prior to your requested shoot date.

Filming: Want to shoot a student film or commercial film here? You must contact the UBC Film Liaison office first. Read through their website, provide them with the required information and proposed shooting dates, and they will request approval from us. Upon approval, you will deal with the UBC Film Liaison office for contractual and insurance negotiations, and with the Garden’s Bookings Coordinator to set up scouting and logistics.

Media Requests

Filming requests for a news article or related media story should be directed to the Marketing department at


All permissions for photography and filming are subject to the discretion of staff. We reserve the right to ask patrons to discontinue photography and filming if it is disruptive to the Garden or visitors’ enjoyment of the Garden.