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Facility Rentals at UBC Botanical Garden

By Scott McDonald | Botanical Garden , Cultural Garden , Garden News

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Explore the different UBC Botanical Garden venues below. From the magical Contemporary Lawn and Arbour to the “best of both worlds” Reception Centre and to the peaceful Nitobe Memorial Garden, you’re bound to find the right space that fits your needs.

Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre

A modern terraced setting, with a beautifully patinaed rammed-earth wall, provides an exquisite space for your ceremony. The Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre with its tiered seating has capacity for up to 225 people.

Main Lawn

Our largest available venue with a capacity for over 250 people, the Main Lawn is the ideal space to host large events. Adjacent to Cattail Pond, this expansive green space looks onto the Physic Garden, the Arbour and the Alpine Garden. It is the perfect place to celebrate and have your guests explore everything the Garden has to offer.

Contemporary Lawn & Arbour

A rich garden oasis, the Contemporary Lawn & Arbour provides a secluded setting for your special day. With a tapestry of vines, the covered Arbour delivers a romantic setting for a beautiful ceremony or long table dinner. This private outdoor venue has capacity for 250 people, and works wonderfully for both ceremonies and receptions.

Reception Centre

Sitting close to the edge of the bluffs overlooking the ocean beyond, the Reception Centre is our largest indoor and outdoor venue. Opening onto a large covered patio and concrete uncovered patio, the building is adjacent to a beautiful lawn. The nearby covered lookout (the Ting) comes with this package. Holding a capacity of 100, this area is a lovely venue for both an indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception.

Garden Pavilion

Acting as a window into the delicate garden beyond, the Garden Pavilion is an idyllic space for intimate gatherings or a bridal room before your ceremony. With capacity for 50 people, this quaint building has large picture windows, and a catering preparation area.

Nitobe Memorial Garden

A traditional tea and stroll garden considered to be among the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. With a capacity of up to 25 people, this garden is the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony.

Greenheart TreeWalk

This space provides exclusive access to the canopy walkway as well as an adjacent meadow for entertaining within the garden. At their leisure guests can explore the 300m long aerial trail system, explore the Garden, and mingle in the meadow. Please call for availability.

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Hatley Park National Historic Site

By Scott McDonald | Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Japanese Garden , Vancouver Island

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Hatley Park National Historic Site

Hatley Park: Majestic. Magnificent. Memorable.

In 1908, Laura and James Dunsmuir likely didn’t anticipate the legacy or the National Historic Site they’d create by commissioning Samuel Maclure for the construction of a Tudor-revival manor for their family home. The estate, designed in the spirit of early 20th century mansions, showcased the Dunsmuir family’s influence and affluence, and has become an important part of Vancouver Island’s history, including serving as home for the Royal Roads Military College from 1940 – 1995 and Royals Roads University today.

While Hatley Castle is the centrepiece of the estate, there’s much more to the park and National Historic Site: gorgeous Japanese, Italian, and Rose formal gardens that follow Edwardian design; 15km of walking and hiking trails through old-growth forest; a protected migratory bird sanctuary; an historic First Nations’ site; and a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait. You’ll find everything that makes the West Coast unforgettable only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria.Explore Hatley Park National Historic site at Royal Roads University to create memories with your family.

Lights, Camera, Action

As one of Vancouver Islands most prestigious film locations, it is no wonder directors, film crews, and photographers have been drawn to the beauty of Hatley Park for over 80 years. Hatley Castle and its heritage gardens have been showcased internationally in feature films and made for TV movies.  Our unique setting and architecture makes Hatley Park a desirable location for film crews world-wide.

As one of Canada’s largest national historic sites, protecting our heritage lands is a priority when hosting film crews. Our Film Liaison is on site to share valuable guidelines that will help preserve and protect the heritage site for years to come.

If you are considering a site visit of our property, please contact the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission to arrange a suitable time.

Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature.

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2005 Sooke Road,Victoria, BCV9B 5Y2

Region: Vancouver Island

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BC Communities in Bloom

By Scott McDonald | Cariboo Chilcotin Coast , Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Partner , Kootenay Rockies , Northern British Columbia , Parks and Walking , Thompson Okanagan , Uncategorised Garden , Vancouver Coast and Mountains , Vancouver Island

Communities in Bloom in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

British Columbia’s Communities in Bloom

BC Communities are proud to be ‘in Bloom’

From coastal tourist hotspots through to wide-open interior and forested northern towns, the British Columbia Communities in Bloom program provides a measurement of a community’s desirability as a place to live, work and visit. Participants showcase their hometown’s best features from street tidiness and floral displays to unique heritage and environmental treasures. BC’s CIB participants are proud geographical links to the Gardens British Columbia Member Network.

Communities in Bloom in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

CIB in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

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Nitobe Memorial Garden

By Scott McDonald | Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Japanese Garden , Parks and Walking , Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Across the pond at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

Nitobe Memorial Garden

A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time – a day, a week or a lifetime – with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden ranked consistently in the top 5 Japanese Gardens in North America. The Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House. Each tree, stone and shrub has been deliberately placed and is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature. There is harmony among natural forms – waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands and seas – and a balance of masculine and feminine forces traditionally attributed to natural elements.Nitobe Memorial Garden is part of UBC Botanical Garden located on the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus at a separate location.

Across the pond at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

Across the pond at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

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Garden Amenities

  • WEDDINGS
  • TEA CEREMONIES

Wedding on the bridge at Nitobe Memorial Garden. Photo by Amber Hughes.

The natural location for your next event. A traditional tea and stroll garden, considered to be among the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. With a capacity of up to 25 people this garden is the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony.Learn more about wedding rentals on their website.

The Urasenke Foundation of Vancouver hosts tea ceremonies at Nitobe Memorial Garden throughout the summer. Visitors attending the ceremony can witness the formal preparation of tea and participate as guests. Tea ceremonies take place on the last Saturday of the month throughout the summer. More information can be found on their website.


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1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BCV6T 1Z4

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

By Scott McDonald | Arboretums , Botanical Garden , Cultural Garden , GardensBC-Member , Parks and Walking , Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Take a leisurely stroll down the Laburnum Walk.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Travel the botanical world in this unique, 55 acre (22 hectare) collection, right in the heart of Vancouver, BC.

Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver. Bring a picnic or dine on the patios of Shaughnessy Restaurant or Truffles Café. Don’t forget to visit the award-winning visitor centre and browse the gift shop.

VanDusen Garden summer 2017

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Garden Amenities

  • GUIDED TOURS
  • DINING
  • LEARN AT VANDUSEN
  • YOSEF WOSK LIBRARY

Guided tours are the best way to see and appreciate all the Garden has to offer. From April 1st through to the end of October, tours are offered daily by trained docent guides starting at 2 p.m., and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. In the winter months (Thanksgiving–March 31) guided tours offered only on Sundays at 2 p.m. Please note: all tours are weather permitting.See vandusengarden.org for more details.

Shaughnessy RestaurantThe Shaughnessy Restaurant is fine dining in the heart of Vancouver. Located in Garden Pavilion, Shaughnessy provides a retreat like no other. Casual elegance, soothing ambiance, and picturesque garden vistas create the perfect background to your dining experience.Truffles Café at VanDusenTruffles, VanDusen’s casual cafe in the award-winning visitor centre, offers a stunning view of the Garden entrance area and Livingstone Lake. Its inside space accommodates 58 people; with an additional 40 seats on the patio. Aligning perfectly with the Visitor Centre’s ‘Living Building’ philosophy, Truffles offers Fair Trade coffees, handcrafted hot and cold beverages, locally-inspired epicurean entrées, flavourful lunch and snacks.Both feature seasonal patios.Visit our website to learn more about our food services.

VanDusen is part of Vancouver’s Pollinator Project.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is dedicated to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the plant kingdom through public education and training in botany, horticulture, ecology, garden design and related fields.Take a course, and explore VanDusen’s educational opportunities for children and adults.See vandusengarden.org for more details.

Founded in 1976, and recently relocated to the new Visitor Centre, the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.The library’s collection focuses on gardening in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and covers a wide range of topics including gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, native floras from around the world, vegetable and herb gardening, pruning and training, North American ethnobotany, butterfly gardening, native plant gardening, flower arrangement, plant hunters, garden history, pests and diseases, garden design, gardens to visit, horticulture in urban environments, botany and plant ecology, plant conservation, literature in the garden, garden art, organic gardening, environmental science and much more.Learn more about the Yosef Wosk Library on their website.


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5251 Oak Street (at W. 37th) Vancouver, BCV6M 4H1

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

By Scott McDonald | Cultural Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Coast and Mountains

The jade green pond, koi fish, collection of 150-year old miniature trees and tai hu rock imported from China, are some of the delights the Garden offers.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

First classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Modelled after the garden home of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) scholar. Hand-made with no power-tools, glues or screws.

Named the World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic, the Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature. Ming dynasty scholars, the elite of their time, lived and worked in their garden, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar’s garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation.

The jade green pond, koi fish, collection of 150-year old miniature trees and tai hu rock imported from China, are some of the delights the Garden offers.

The jade green pond, koi fish, collection of 150-year old miniature trees and tai hu rock imported from China, are some of the delights the Garden offers.

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Garden Amenities

  • GROUP PROGRAMS
  • VENUE RENTALS
  • EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
  • EIGHT TREASURES SHOP

We have many engaging, cultural activities for you to try with your adult, senior or tourist groups:• Tai chi• Chinese tea ceremony• Interpretational tour of the Garden• A historic Walking Tour of Chinatown• Dragon boat paddlingLet us customize a program that is perfect for your group! We simply require a minimum of 10 paying participants to deliver a private program or tour.Learn more about group programs by visiting their website.

Let the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden be the perfect setting for your event. Our covered pathways, courtyards and pavilions offer a perfect solution for outdoor weddings in any season!Wedding – A perfect venue for a perfect marriage. Balance and harmony. The setting for life’s important events help define the experience. We are enriched by surrounding ourselves with sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that bring deep happiness and contentment.More information about hosting your wedding at our garden can be found on our website.

Corporate – Impress your clients and employees. Treat them to unsurpassed beauty and inspiration. Suitable for: • Client recognition and appreciation • Parties • Corporate retreats • Celebrations • Events • Presentations • WorkshopsMore information about corporate rentals can be found on our website.

Filming – Interested in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as a filming location? To film in or around Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a film application must be filled out and approved by the Garden. Subsequently, the rental party must provide documents including:• Copy of the script to be filmed on site• Insurance agreements• Security deposit• Certified cheque for the agreed feeRental rates will be set according to the size and scope of the proposed project. Learn more about our filming rentals on our website.

FESTIVALS

Chinese New Year Temple Fair

Every year, on the same day of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, the Garden presents a special event called Temple Fair. It is a ‘hot and noisy’ public celebration that’s based on the traditional Chinese Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet and celebrate. Enjoy traditional games, delicious food, tea ceremony, live music, and cultural learning at the fair. Come with family and friends to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (September )

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden hosts the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This is an annual family festival that is perfect for all ages. There is music, storytelling, games, kids crafts; the creation of a community lantern; and of course Moon cakes. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is held in September.

Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival (December 2015)

Come together with friends and family to bring back the light to Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape and glowing lanterns. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening. Add your personal touch by getting involved with the Community Lantern too!

THE ARTS

Enchanted Evenings Concert Series

Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden starting July through August. The Garden introduces exciting new groups along with your favorite performers. Awaken your senses with the vibrant sounds and dazzling dances, and book Thursday nights to celebrate this unique blend of cultural diversity!

Monthly Art Exhibitions

Art is the living and breathing essence of our Classical Chinese Garden. It connects culture, sparks creativity, and pushes boundaries. From paintings, drawings, photography, experimental videos, outdoor site-specific installations, we showcase artworks that embody elements of Chinese culture, traditional and new. We collaborate regularly with local arts organizations and artists to produce engaging and inspiring art projects. Please visit our calendar to view exhibition schedule.

Eight Treasures Shop interior overview.

At Eight Treasures Shop there are always treasures to find and stories to tell.Everything we carry, from small charms to vintage and antique pieces, is carefully selected to make sure you enjoy browsing for the perfect gift, and the added value is that… you support our Classical Chinese Garden with every purchase you make.Visit our Eight Treasures Shop online to view our most current collectibles inspired by the Garden, its exhibitions, and the local community of artists.


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Getting Here

578 Carrrall Street,Vancouver, BCV6B 5K2

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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