Finding Zen

Aerial view of UBC Vancouver campus / Photo by Russ Heinl

Aerial view of UBC Vancouver campus / Photo by Russ Heinl

 

Exploring gardens at the University of British Columbia

 

By Euihyeon Nam

 

At the University of British Columbia, great scenery is never too far away. But now that spring has arrived and the flowers are budding, there’s a special opportunity to find peaceful green space on campus. To find a zen moment, all you need to do is to go to UBC and visit one of three beautiful gardens.

 

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

 

There are nearly 10,000 different kinds of plants at UBC Botanical Garden. UBC Botanical Garden consists of two main gardens called North Garden and Asian Garden. The Moon Gate and Tunnel connect the two gardens. One of the special parts of North Garden is the Food Garden. The volunteers (also known as Friends of the Garden) harvest vegetables and fruits and donate the food to local charities.

 

Greenheart Canopy walkway, which is located in Asian Garden, makes the garden even more fantastic. The 17.5 metre high and 308 metre long walkway helps people enjoy the beauty of nature while walking along the canopy track. Also, the garden provides information for all the plants, which is great for people who want to learn the science of botany at a closer level.

 

Address: 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Phone: (604) 882 3928
www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca

 

Pond ripples at the Nitobe Traditional Japanese Garden on UBC campus.

Pond ripples at the Nitobe Traditional Japanese Garden on UBC campus.

 

Nitobe Memorial Garden

 

Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden, made in the honour of Inazo Nitobe, who contributed in building good relationships between Japan and Canada as well as other parts of America. The garden boasts many beautiful native trees and plants alongside waterfalls and ponds.

 

Some cherry blossom trees were brought from Japan and they come in full bloom in spring. Also, the visitors can experience authentic traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Tea House within the garden. The admission fee is cheaper if you visit both UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Garden in a single day—and it is free for UBC students.

 

Address: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Phone: (604) 822 6038
www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe

 

UBC Rose Garden / Photo by Martin Dee

UBC Rose Garden / Photo by Martin Dee

 

UBC Rose Garden

 

Unlike the other two gardens, the Rose Garden has no admission fee. People can take in the sweet scent of roses and stunning view of the ocean for free.

 

The various roses in this garden usually start to bloom in early May and reach their peak during the summer. When in full bloom the garden is a favourite photo spot for weddings and graduation.

 

It is located at the Northern edge of the UBC campus near the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Thus, it is a great idea to stop by the garden and smell the roses when you’re on the way to attend a performance at the Chan Centre.