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Magnolia Magic Walking Tours

UBC Botanical Garden

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Magnolia Magic Walking Tours

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
11:30 Tour Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.20
1:00 Tour Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.20

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Event Details

Date: Saturday March 14, 2015
Tour Times: 11:30 am OR 1:00 pm
Location: UBC Botanical Garden (Entrance), 6804 SW Marine Drive
Cost: $10 plus applicable taxes and fees.

UBC Botanical Garden is a magical place in early spring, in large part because of its extensive collection of flowering magnolias. The largest of Magnolia flowers are found on the Asian deciduous species, their selections and hybrids. Magnolias in this group produce flowers on naked stems in very early spring, before leaf emergence. This group is particularly well represented in the David C. Lam Asian Garden and plants in bloom—many of which are large trees, 10 m tall or more—typically elicit much picture taking and gasps of pleasure by garden visitors.

Join Douglas Justice (Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections), Andy Hill (Asian Garden Curator-Horticulturist) and Eric LaFountaine (the Garden's Accessions Technician) for a special 1½ hour tour of the magnificent magnolia trees planted throughout the Garden.

Throughout the Garden, both wild deciduous and evergreen species as well as cultivated selections of magnolias are prominently displayed. In the Asian Garden, Asian Magnolia species stand out against a background matrix of native conifers, shrubs and ground covers, maples and rhododendrons, while in the Carolinian Forest Garden, Magnolias vie for space with a diverse mixture of eastern North American deciduous hardwood species. The majority of the world's 200 or so magnolias hail from the subtropical Mountain forests of Southeast Asia and Central and South America, while the temperatemagnoliasare foundineasternNorthAmerica and especially eastAsia, from the Himalayas through China to Japan. Of the temperate sorts, the Garden counts about 45 species, the majority from Asia.There are also about 20 later-flowering evergreen species from China and Vietnam, most of them little known in cultivation.

Tour Guides:

Douglas Justice has been at UBC Botanical Garden since January 2000. Along with responsibility for horticulture and the living collections, his duties in the Garden include management and instruction in the Horticulture Training Program. He also teaches plant identification in the Landscape Architecture program at UBC. An advocate for trees and the conservation of natural ecosystems, Douglas writes and speaks on a variety of plant-related subjects. He co-authored The Jade Garden: New and Notable Plants from Asiain 2005 with Brent Hine and the late Peter Wharton, and wrote a Field Guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouverwith volunteers from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Douglas’s most recent project is a mobile app entitled Vancouver Trees.

Andy Hill became Curator of the David C. Lam Asian Garden at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden in 2008. He has been with the Garden since 2001, and was responsible for developing the Carolinian Forest and refurbishing the Physic Garden. Andy was born in Devon, UK and came to Canada at age eight. His interest in horticulture grew from a love of hiking, camping and the wilderness. While living in Banff he apprenticed as a gardener and as an arborist, and became increasingly fascinated in how gardens can function as public space to connect people with the natural world. He is completing an MA in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, with thesis research about botanical exploration in northern Vietnam.

Eric La Fountaine received a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Heidelberg College in 1982. After working for sixteen years at the US Postal Service, Eric came to UBCBG in 2003, when he moved to Canada with his partner, who took a position at UBC. Eric combines organizational and detail oriented skills with his passion for plants to provide support for taxonomic and record keeping work at the garden. Eric writes articles for the UBC Botanical Garden Weblog, lays out publication of the Davidsonia, and moderates discussion on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums.

Important NotesSpace is limited, register online to secure your spot! While children are always welcomed, these tours are targeted for an adult audience.

 Cancellation & Refund Policy: In the event that a tour is cancelled, UBC Botanical Garden will offer the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund. All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting A $5 processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.

Have questions about Magnolia Magic Walking Tours? Contact UBC Botanical Garden

When & Where

UBC Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, V6T 1Z4

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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UBC Botanical Garden

Canada's oldest 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.

Over the past century, 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.

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