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New 23 Acre Botanical Garden For UNBC

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News

University of Northern British Columbia

New Botanical Garden to be the most northerly in Canada.

A new 23 acre botanical garden is being planned for the University of Northern British Columbia with the help of the David Douglas Botanical Garden Society.

“The big dream is to build a full-fledged botanical garden, about 23 acres, to model it after other botanical gardens,” explains Linda Naess, President of the David Douglas Botanical Garden Society. “To have the educational piece of it, the research part of it, a building and events. It’s going to be a big project.”

New Botanical Garden at UNBC conceptual map

Read more about the UNBC botanical garden initiative and watch the video in the original story by CKPG News in Prince George, BC. To see more gardens in British Columbia, view our BC Garden Master Directory.

Golden Spruce Dedication Ceremony with Film Screening

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Golden Spruce Dedication

The Gardens at HCP is getting a piece of BC history. A tree propagated from the original Golden Spruce from Haida Gwaii will be planted in the Gardens on October 4th.

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at 1 pm following by a reception and screening of the film “Hadwin’s Judgement” which is based on the book “The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed” by John Valliant. This book will be available in our gift shop.

We hope to see you at this exciting event and please come back as we all enjoy seeing the growth.


BC History recounts the amazing story of a proud, majestic and beautiful tree, the Golden Spruce – Picea sitchensis ‘Aurea’. Growing on Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), its fame extended internationally, with people coming to view it from many parts of the world until this 300-year-old unique tree was cut down in 1997.

Scrawny in size, but immense in history, the little tree described in the article below, is now living in the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) where it moved in October 2017. It is a direct descendant of that famous tree, grafted from a branch of the original Golden Spruce, onto Sitka Spruce rootstock (which is the green vertical branch that you see).

Because this tree was grafted from a lower branch of the original tree, it lacks the hormone needed to make one branch turn upwards to form a dominant vertical “leader”. Therefore, it can only form a bush, rather than the typical triangular shape of normal trees. The lack of chlorophyll (green) in the golden needles means that they sunburn easily and then some can drop off. This is why it needs to grow in a shaded spot. To our knowledge, this is the oldest surviving direct descendant of the original tree, but all others are the same shape as this tree, resembling a bush.

The full story of the original Golden Spruce can be read in the national bestselling book, available in the HCP Giftshop: The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed By John Vaillant

The DVD, “Hadwin’s Judgement” is a movie about the sad story of the events that led up to the cutting down of this magnificent tree, and is available to view or borrow for HCP members.

The following story is one dictated by Jim Kinghorn, the propagator of this tree, to his daughter in 2013, less than a year before he died. The tree spent most of its life at Jim’s residence in Saanich, and was moved to HCP as a donation to honor this amazing tree and its prominent place in BC History.

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VanDusen Botanical Gardens 40th Anniversary

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2015 was VanDusen Botanical Garden’s 40th anniversary! Come and see a special photo retrospective in the Visitor Centre’s Discovery Room featuring more than 500 photos that tell the story of the transformation of Shaugnessy Golf Course into the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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The Garden’s birthday was on August 16, 2015 with events and activities for the whole family. Featuring live music, historical and botanical talks and tours, an heirloom veggie harvest, family entertainment, photo booth, climbing wall, putting green, face-painting, tasty treats, and much more! All entertainment and activities are included with admission.

The Garden is jointly operated by the City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreationand the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, a charitable non-profit organization. Our two organizations have worked together for more than 40 years under a shared vision of making the Garden cherished locally and renowned internationally.

Bloedel Conservatory – A colourful escape, Montecristo Magazine

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News , In The Press

The Bloedel Conservatory, a jewel in the city perched atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo by Joshua McVeity.
The Bloedel Conservatory, a jewel in the city perched atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo by Joshua McVeity.

The Bloedel Conservatory, a jewel in the city perched atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo by Joshua McVeity.

The Bloedel Conservatory — A colourful escape.

Story and photos by Joshua McVeity

Dreaming of a warm getaway this winter? You need go no further than Queen Elizabeth Park. Truly an oasis in the city, the Conservatory can brighten any day with its tropical clime, colourful flora, and the vivid plumage of its inhabitants. The conservatory for exotic plants and birds was saved from closure four years ago thanks to Friends of the Bloedel, a non-profit association formed by concerned citizens. Now under the wing of VanDusen Botanical Garden, the triodetic dome— honoured with a Places that Matter plaque from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation in 2012—is home to over 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 tropical plants from around the world.

The rest of the story can be read at: montecristomagazine.com/culture/the-bloedel-conservatory


VanDusen Botanical – Garden Visitor Centre Design in Bloom

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News , In The Press

Visitor Centre - Detail shot of the undulating “petal” roof. Photo: Courtesy of Perkins+Will Canada and Vancouver Park Board; taken prior to completion.
Detail shot of the undulating “petal” roof. Photo: Courtesy of Perkins+Will Canada and Vancouver Park Board; taken prior to completion.

Detail shot of the undulating “petal” roof. Photo: Courtesy of Perkins+Will Canada and Vancouver Park Board; taken prior to completion.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre — Design in bloom.

Story: Amanda Jun

Rain is not unfamiliar to Vancouverites. And while many may grumble about wet weather for half the year, grievances are mostly forgotten come May, when we revel in the beauty of our verdant city. Perhaps, in that sense, no one appreciates the rain more than a gardener, and those at the VanDusen Botanical Garden have a new plant to tend.

A new Visitor Centre opened its doors this past October, housing the garden café, gift shop, library, interpretive exhibits, volunteer activity space and new educational and rental facilities. Informed by the site’s ecosystem and designed to generate its own energy and operate efficiently, in addition to having LEED Platinum status, the facility is expected to receive certification from the International Living Future Institute as Canada’s first Living Building. It’s magnificent to behold, contained by tall glass walls and a large undulating roof crowned with an oculus. Dramatic and arresting, it is the garden’s new herald, announcing its presence, which was formerly obscured by a shield of hollies.

Plans for a new facility at VanDusen have been in gestation since 2000, and in 2007, Vancouver-based architecture firm Perkins+Will Canada, in conjunction with renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, was commissioned by the Vancouver Park Board to create a signature building that would serve and represent the garden’s purpose while exemplifying sustainability. “We need to show by example that this kind of project can be achieved,” says Danica Djurkovic, the acting director of planning and operations at the Vancouver Park Board. “It’s our responsibility to make sure that we deliver, before we start asking others to do the same thing.”

The facility is designed to be net-zero energy, with a combination of solar and geothermal systems in place to generate heating and electricity. Additionally, a heat sink—the asymmetrical perforated aluminium panel installed inside the glazed oculus—aids natural ventilation.

The rest of the story can be read at: montecristomagazine.com/magazine/winter-2011/the-vandusen-botanical-garden-visitor-centre

Milner Gardens & Woodland

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Historic Milner House nestled in a collector’s garden of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs from around the globe.

Milner Gardens & Woodland – Vancouver Island University

A one-of-a-kind woodland estate and gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul.

Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty.Sheltered by an old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this one-of-a-kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.Stroll along the groomed forest trails through the 60 acres of old growth forest to the woodland garden with its rhododendron lined glades carpeted with cyclamen, trillium and other indigenous plants.Experience the artist’s garden surrounding the historic Milner House situated atop an ocean side bluff.Savour the spectacular tree-framed views of the Georgia Strait dotted with its islands and backdrop of distant coastal mountains.After strolling the forest trails and gardens, take time to enjoy a leisurely pot of afternoon tea in the Camellia Tea Room of Milner House where Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana once visited.Open daily 10:00 am with last entry at 4:30 pm May-August.Free shuttle service from entrance to the Pool House Gift Shop and Camellia Tea Room.Guided tours on request for groups of 10 or more by reservation.Free parking for cars, RV’s and busses at the Welcome Interpretive Centre.Please see our website for events and shoulder season openings.

Historic Milner House nestled in a collector’s garden of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs from around the globe.

Historic Milner House nestled in a collector’s garden of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs from around the globe.

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Relax with a leisurely pot of tea in the charming Camellia Tea Room.

The Camellia Tea Room is located in the drawing room of the historic Milner House and offers remarkable views of the garden, ocean and mountains beyond. Fresh scones are prepared in-house and served with preserves made with the berries grown in our Food Garden and fruit from the Orchard. A variety of teas, hot and cold beverages, a daily hot soup served with a fresh scone and dessert specials are also available.No reservations are required, except for high tea or large groups (10 or more).Please note: Garden admission is required to access the Camellia Tea Room.For tea offerings and prices please see our website.

Darwins Café at the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Milner Gardens & Woodland offers the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and photography in a stunningly beautiful seaside garden setting that overlooks the spectacular views of Georgia Strait and the coastal mountains.Please see our website for Wedding Price List, Wedding FAQ’s and Wedding Contracts.

Our annual outdoor festival of Christmas lights and music for the whole family in the Garden.Stroll over half a kilometer of lit and decorated trails. Be sure to visit Santa at the Ursus Den, count the bears in the Teddy Bear Cottage, enjoy to Christmas carols & refreshments at Milner House, listen to storytellers in the Magnolia Room, and shop for Christmas gifts in the Queen’s Room & Pool House Gift Shop.Please see our website for event dates and times.


Closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check website for updates.

Open daily 10am with last entry at 4:30pm May – August.See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.

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