Extremely popular with visitors and locals alike, the University of British Columbia’s 100-year-old Botanical Garden has received a huge boost from a benefactor to upgrade its Asian Garden. The UBC Botanical Garden will be expanded and updated thanks to a donation of more than £500k from the Franklinia Foundation – a European group known for its global conservation efforts.
The garden and its companion plant research facility was first opened in Vancouver in 1916. With more than 8,000 different plants and flowers covering 110 acres, the Botanical Garden also includes a treetop walkway, a native plants section, and medicinal and food gardens. We would certainly recommend a visit to UBC Botanical Gardens if you’re in the city, which is a popular stop for visitors who have hired a car in Canada and are touring the country.
“The UBC Botanical Garden is a wonderful space that connects visitors and community members to the University,” said UBC Interim President Martha Piper in a statement to the press. “We are grateful to the Franklinia Foundation for its generous support so that visitors may continue to experience and learn from the garden for years to come.”
Leaders at the Botanical Garden say the gift will allow them to nearly double the size of the David C. Lam Asian Garden. The university says it will use the new funding to upgrade and increase the garden’s irrigation system – hopefully starting the process of doubling its capacity. It will also allow them to provide more educational and training opportunities for local horticulturalists and researchers.
The Europe-based Franklinia Foundation was founded in 2005 and is known for its conservation efforts of endangered or threatened trees. This is not the first time the group has helped the UBC Botanical Garden. The foundation has supported the university for the last 10 years, helping its staff to travel to Asia to study plants, give lectures and presentations, and collect seeds and plants to add to the gardens.
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