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6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Fortunately, because of its lack of popularity, it is very quiet and I enjoyed a relaxing visit, away from noise and crowds, and left feeling informed as well
  • The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a must-see, and it was certainly my favourite feature
  • UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is an educational, beautiful and inexpensive attraction that has very few crowds and is a peaceful experience

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      Located on the scenic grounds of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is not one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, but perhaps it should be. Not only is it beautiful, it also has an educational component that is not usually available in other gardens that are open to the public. Fortunately, because of its lack of popularity, it is

      very quiet and I enjoyed a relaxing visit, away from noise and crowds, and left feeling informed as well.

      The UBC Botanical Garden is divided up into the Alpine Garden, the Food Garden, the Carolinian Forest, the Native Garden, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Asian Garden. There is also a Garden café, where sandwiches and snacks are available, and a gift shop which sells gardening tools, perennials, shrubs, seeds, gifts and dried flower arrangements. But the gardens are certainly the highlight of this site.

      Upon entering at the gate and paying the very reasonable entrance fees, you are given a map to help you find your way around the property. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a must-see, and it was certainly my favourite feature. It is a traditional ‘tea and stroll’ authentic Japanese garden and is rated as in the top 5 Japanese gardens outside of Japan.


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      There is a ceremonial tea house, as well as shrubs, trees, flowers, plants, waterfalls, and bonsai, all placed in the typical Japanese manner. The Food Garden contains edible plants, and the Alpine Garden contains typical alpine plants grouped according to geographic region. One of the gardens I really enjoyed was the Native Garden, which displays 10 acres of a coastal forest, with plants native to BC. Throughout all of the gardens, there is
      information on every plant and shrub, so I felt like I was getting a crash course in botany as well as geography.

      UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is an educational, beautiful and inexpensive attraction that has very few crowds and is a peaceful experience.

      Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm

      Entrance Fees: $8 for adults, $6 for teens and seniors, children under 12 years are free; group rates are available.




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