On the weekend we decided to take a break from working in our own garden to visit the nearby UBC Botanical Garden. That garden is always a source of inspiration and every time I am there I notice something new. Here are a few of the things I like the best about UBC Botanical Garden:
1. A variety of different environments
The garden includes rainforests (above), water gardens, a formally planted herb garden and arid areas (among others). The mix is nice, and doesn’t get tiring.
2. A food garden
The UBC Botanical Garden has a productive and visually pleasing food garden. Vegetables growing in beds, surrounded by kiwis, grapes and espalier applies. The best part? All the food grown in the garden is given to to charity.
3. Making great use of what you have.
The Man was looking for xeroscaping alternatives so we spent a lot of time in the alpine garden. This is positioned in an exposed dry spot, which is perfect for these little plants, but probably not for anything else.
4. Mystery features
The garden has a small amphitheater at the north end which includes a truly bizarre “champagne glass” fountain. I haven’t heard of this being used for anything like plays or performances. One great feature (and possible source of inspiration) was the wall. Although the amphitheater is obviously new and thoroughly modern, the wall was built with striated concrete (including a few layers of small rocks) to give it a kind of “ancient feel”. Love that.
Overall rating: top marks for interest, variability and emptiness. Mid-day Sunday and there were few people there.