University of British Columbia Botanical Garden

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Canada - British Columbia - Vancouver

Institution Code: UBCBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

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About the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden

Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanic garden, UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia's first provincial botanist. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia.

Since that time, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world, particularly Asian, alpine and native plants.

The UBC Centre for Plant Research is the research arm of the UBC Botanical Garden. World-class research on topics including plant adaptation, evolution, genomics, plant physiology and biotic interactions, phytochemistry, plant biotechnology and plant breeding contribute to the University of British Columbia's reputation as one of the leading research institutions in North America.

Main Address:
University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
6804 S.W. Marine Drive
British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Canada

Telephone: +1 (604) 822-3928
Fax: +1 (604) 822-2016
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Patrick Lewis, Director
    Curator's Name: Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Curator of Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eric La Fountaine, Data Entry Technician
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 13
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1916
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 12 Hectares
  • Total Area: 44 Hectares
    Latitude: 49.25794
    Longitude: -123.2553
    Annual Rainfall: 1117 mm
    Altitude: 104.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Nitobe Memorial Garden
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: 6804 SW Marine Drive
  • Locality: City: Vancouver
  • Locality: State: British Columbia, Canada

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 25000
    Number of Volunteers: 180

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7497
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4960
  • Special Collections:University of British Columbia Botanical Garden houses a number of significant plant group collections, these include: Acer, Clematis, Cornus, Epimedium, hardy Eucalyptus, Hebe, Lardizabalaceae, Lindera, Magnolia, Rhododendron, Sorbus, Styracaceae, BC native flora, alpines and Chinese flora. Rare plants of temperate southeast Asia.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes