These purple flowers are anchored to the rocks along the pathways creating a beautiful atmosphere in the UBC Botanical Gardens.
Vancouver, known for its exceptional gardens and prime growing conditions is a hub of activity in the horticultural community. One Garden in the Vancouver area is well known for its innovative plants and sprawling design - the University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens.
Operating as a public gardens and centre of plant research, it was first established on the school's grounds in 1916 - the oldest of its kind on the grounds of a University. It covers 44 hectares (110 acres) of space with over 8,000 varieties of plant species, walks and sights.
The Botanical Gardens operates on two sides of SW Marine Drive which intersects it - connected by the Moon Gate - a startlingly beautiful Asian inspired entrance which visitors move between the two regions which offers on the north side, a designed multi-layered region with different garden forms and to the south, sprawling natural growth.
The UBC Botanical Gardens encompass an Asian gardens, dozens of rhododendron plants, tall trees (even one occupied by an eagle), Alpine Gardens, a 'Food Garden' (utilizing the space to grow fruits and vegetable which are donated to local charities), Medicinal Garden, Carolinian Forests, Native Gardens, Marshlands and even forms of art such as the Minotaur sculpture and even an old English turf labyrinth which are intricate designs worn into the land.
There is more than just plants on site - the Garden Pavilion offers a place to host parties and there is a large on site garden shop which sells many of the plant species seen in the Botanical Gardens as well as tools, books and other items. The Gardens offer guided canopy tours which knowledgeable staff taking groups along the treetops teaching visitors about the gardens and forests which surround them.
The UBC Botanical Gardens are both educational and enjoyable. Open throughout the year, the Gardens are child friendly - offering a walk tailored to teaching children - and offer a quiet retreat to enjoy the beautiful plant species on site. The UBC Botanical Gardens are also operated in tandem with the Nitobe Memorial Gardens also located on the campus.
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