New Member: District of Mission

By Scott McDonald | New Member , Press Release , Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Welcome to the District of Mission

Join us in welcoming the District of Mission as a new entry-level member of Gardens British Columbia!

Have you been to the city of Mission, on highway 11, just north of the Fraser River and the Trans-Canada, in BC’s stunning Fraser Valley. You might have heard us refer to them for their strong support of one of our key supporters and founders, BC Communities in Bloom.

How to get to the District of Mission in the Fraser Valley.
District of Mission – Map

Mission BC’s Communities in Bloom has a long history, starting in 2009, when the entered the Communities in Bloom provincial competition. They are tough competitors as they continually beautify their city, with community involvement and consistently win heritage and environmental awards. Check out their Communities in Bloom Facebook page to find out why you must put Mission on your travel-to-now bucket list!

District of Mission official flower - Caitlin Rhododendron

Mission has an official flower, the Caitlyn Rhododendron, which is is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Should you be planning a trip to the city with the big back yard, check out Tourism Mission, and share your photos and video on social, using the hashtags. After all, it’s just a short drive away…

#exploreMission and #exploreBCgardens

Mission, BC trails – Photo credit: District of Mission

If you are there now, enter our Tulip Photo Contest and show the world Mission’s tulip and gardens.

‘Snow Tower’ Plants Bloom at Bloedel

By Scott McDonald | Garden News

'Snow Tower

These rarely seen ‘Snow Tower’ plants won’t last long, so come quickly to see them!

April 19, 2019 – At over 3 meters tall, these 5 plants would be hard to miss, but they are not native to Canada; rather they come from the Canary Islands, and the western end of the mediterranean. The Bloedel Conservatory grew them from seed, and while spectacularly in height and colour, they are expected to flower only for the next two weeks.

“We expect this exotically beautiful tall plant will cause a lot of excitement among plant lovers,”

Vancouver Park Board Chair, Stuart Mackinnon

So, if you are serious about plants, hurry down to the Conservatory, because this snowy display is truly not-to-be-missed.

And if you do this weekend, consider taking in VanDusen Garden’s Eggciting Easter Hop!

For more detail information about this botanical display, read the City of Vancouver’s post: Spectacular flowering ‘Snow-Tower’ plant now at Bloedel Conservatory

Tulip Photo Contest

By Scott McDonald | Garden News

Tulip Photo Contest - BC Tulip Trail

Enter our Spring 2019 Photo Contest

Tulip Photo Contest Alert:  Gardens are meant to be experienced, walked through, studied, revelled in, and shared; tulips even more so. To help spread the tulip cheer, we think a photo contest is just the thing to get people tip toeing through British Columbia’s gardens, parks and tulip festivals along BC’s tulip trail.

The first tulips to bloom in Canada every year can be found in British Columbia. In fact from Vancouver Island to the mainland, through the Fraser Valley and to the Okanagan, a veritable tulip trail exists from early March through May, every spring.

To Enter

Follow Gardens BC on Twitter or Gardens BC on Instagram or Gardens BC on Facebook, upload your favourite BC tulip photo, taken this year or in previous years, caption it and tag it with: #exploreBCgardens AND #BCTulipTrail. That’s all you need to do to be entered to win one of three fabulous prizes from our signature gardens.

The photo contest runs from Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced at 9:00 PM the day the tulip photo contest closes. Contest is open to BC, AB and WA  residents only. Read the full photo contest details are below.

Photo Contest Rules

  • No purchase necessary
  • There are three garden related prizes to be awarded to three randomly chosen winners
  • Our Tulip Photo Contest is open to BC, AB, and WA residents aged 18 or older
  • Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received
  • Deadline for entries is May 15, 2019 (6:00 PM PST).
  • Staff and employees of Gardens British Columbia or their members are not eligible to win
  • Multiple entries are allowed but each photo must be separate, distinct, and owned by the poster

Gardens and Festivals to visit and take tulip photos this spring on British Columbia’s Tulip Trail


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