UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver

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  • One of many gardens at UBC
    One of many gardens at UBC
    by DueSer
  • University of British Columbia Gardens
    University of British Columbia Gardens
    by MikeAtSea
  • University of British Columbia Gardens
    University of British Columbia Gardens
    by MikeAtSea
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    One of the Best Gardens in British Columbia

    by DueSer Written Feb 16, 2009

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    One of many gardens at UBC

    The Botanic Garden on the campus of the University of British Columbia is a real delight. If you're tired of cities and traffic and noise and rushing around, THIS is the place you need to go. Set on 70 acres, the school's garden is actually a series of gardens strung together on a nice walking path. There is a native garden (with plants from British Columbia), a food garden and physick garden (with plants used for food or for medicinal purposes). and an Asian garden, the highlight of which are the blue Himalayan poppies that are stunning.

    A lot of birds call the botanic garden home so it's great for bird watching as well. They give discounts to university students if you show your i.d. card (no matter what university you go to). There's also a gift shop where you can buy some seeds to try to grow your own blue poppies when you get home.

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    University of British Columbia Gardens

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 5, 2008
    University of British Columbia Gardens
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    Wandering the campus grounds can take a full day, but it's the various trails and walkways that attract the avid walkers.
    Paths throughout the campus parks and greenery make for pleasant strolls, while the Endowment Lands offer enjoyable walks for all ages. The views along these walks range from impressive homes and fantastic ocean and mountain views, to flourishing gardens, natural flora and of course spectacular forests throughout the parklands. Many trails are marked with walking directions and distance.

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    ubc botanical garden & centre for plant research

    by spitball Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Minotaur & Hare sculpture at the botanical gardens
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    I worked out at the University of British Columbia botanical gardens, and in my and many other peoples views, it is well worth your time to visit when you are in Vancouver for a holiday. It's at the very western end of Vancouver, {not really in Vancouver at all} there are transit services that will get you out there, or free parking for the visitors, the main garden is quite large, over 70 or more acres, but as it is not funded by the government, like other gardens, we don't have the resources for too much. When we do get donations, that money goes directly into areas they figure need work the most.
    Recently we've been getting alot of work done in area's that have for years been neglected, for such a large place, we are very short staffed and this creates many problems. But still, when you come out for your visit, you will be greeted by some good people. And if you would like a personal tour, that can be happily arranged for you, to suit your wishes and needs. There is a wheelchair for those who require one. Although the pathways that you can use this chair on, will only take you through a minimum of acres, as most pathways and roads are not designed for the disabled, but we are working on that. Just recently, some donations were given to the garden to purchase two of those handy little personal carts for the disabled to get around easily, these can be found at the gate house as you enter. Also, another new feature which has been brought in here are a personal audio tour, these are small hand-held devices which resemble a phone, all you have to do is, punch in the number when you come to a sign, and you will learn about that particular plant along with a story concerning how it came to the garden.

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    Underrated beauty

    by Carmanah Updated Oct 19, 2005

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    The temperate rainforest at UBC Botanical Garden
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    The UBC Botanical Garden is Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanic garden.

    If you're planning to visit the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, whether to spend time at the Museum of Anthropology, Wreck Beach, or the Nitobe Japanese Gardens, then you might also want to consider spending a few hours at the Botanical Garden as well.

    I'd say that botany and gardening enthusiasts would enjoy the UBC Botanical Garden the most, but it's also a wonderful place to go for a stroll for those who enjoy leisurely strolls through the outdoors.

    What I really enjoy about the UBC Botanical Garden is that there are various themes within the garden. A large portion of the garden is west coast temperate rainforest, where you can stroll through the western red cedars, the western hemlocks, the Douglas firs, the rhododendrons, the big-leaf maples, and the underbrush of salal and swordferns.

    There's a part of the garden where you have to take a tunnel under Marine Drive over the eastern side. It's here where you'll find the Africa garden, with species found in the mountains of Morocco.

    Also on the eastern side of the garden is the food farm - a beautiful area growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables, which are then donated to local food banks and charities. The apple trees here are absolutely amazing - they're pruned in a way so that they look like a man-made trellis, or fence. If you visit here in September, like I did, all the vegetables, as well as the apples, will be ready for harvesting, so it makes for a really scenic farm.

    Once you finish your tour around the garden, be sure to visit the UBC garden shop. This is a wonderful little store selling gardening supplies, outdoor plants for the garden, books, cards, dried flowers, among other items. What I really liked was that they had an excellent selection of local gardening books. As well, this is one of the few plant shops that sell species that are native to British Columbia, like salal, sword ferns, red huckleberry, and western red cedars.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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