Monday, September 25, 2023

UBC Botanical Garden Mondays—three of three

For today's final installment of UBC Botanical Garden Mondays, we walk thru the moon gate and under busy Marine Drive (the main route to and from the UBC)...

Once you emerge on the other side of the tunnel the gardens have an entirely different feel; they're open to the sky in a way the other side is not. First up, the food garden (the lights in the background are part of the sports complex on the UBC campus)...

On the garden map this is just listed as the arbor, but it's a heck of a lot more than an arbor.

I couldn't explore the areas around the structure any further as there was a private event underway. What a lovely setting.

Moving on I briefly tucked into the Physic Garden, but since I only had limited time left to explore before I had to leave for the first open private garden of the day I didn't poke around much.

Rhododendron williamsianum, such a fabulous patch of this plant—it inspired me to buy another when I saw it on offer at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden on my way home after this weekend.

Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum

Such a fabulously pruned specimen.

And then there's this! Listed on the map as a cactus house it's a partially sunken glass house that's totally magical. 

Before we enter the glass house we'll have a look at the troughs.

Such interesting plants, I do love me some saxifrage.

Saxifraga hostii, I think.

Polystichum imbricans subsp. imbricans, downright dreamy! (fun ID story on this blog)

I've finally made my way over to the glass house...

I wonder if this is the same green blooming cholla that I've got?

Maihueniopsis ovata

Maihuenia poeppigii


Outside once again and admiring the alpine garden (that's what the map calls it, but it seems like these plants are from more than alpine areas), I believe those are Echium wildpretii rosettes.

The building in the background serves as a reminder that we're in a dense urban area.

Berkheya purpurea

Eryngium agavifolium

Comptonia peregrina

Azorella trifurcata (cushion bolax)

I love that large round mass of lichen growing on the rock. Isn't it spectacular?

Myriopteris gracillima, aka Cheilanthes gracillima

There's our agave! Agave parryi var. huachucensis.

A wide angle shot showing the area the agave is in (on the far right of the photo)

Tigridia orthantha

Such a spectacular bight flower.

97% dead arctostaphylos? Still fabulous.

Just a couple more photos. Nolina hibernica 'La Siberica' (I think) on the left, with a Yucca linearifolia on the right.

It's a spiky round orb!

That's it from the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, if you missed the first two parts of this series here's the first, and here's the second. I still have a lot more to share from my time in Vancouver...

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  1. What a range of plants! The Wisteria-covered "arbor" is incredible - someone has fantastic skills in managing that rambunctious plant. I love that cushion bolax but was sad to discover that it probably wouldn't be happy in my zone 10b/11a garden.

    1. Sadly I've failed with the Azorella trifurcata/cushion bolax even though it should be okay with my zone 8 garden...

  2. Part 3 of an excellent garden!

    Some of the plants are real specimens (Yuccas and Rhododendrons).

    I have looked for one of those Rhododendron williamsianum in the UK after you had previously shown it before, but no-one seems to stock them. I will have another look.

    1. It really is an excellent garden, and I wish you luck with your search.

    2. I had a check last night and there are a number of UK nurseries that are selling it, hooray!

      However, they were all out of stock, sigh!

      Oh well, at least they now have them on their lists :)

  3. Saxifrage and troughs... oh yes.
    Eryngium agavifolium is a very cool looking sea holly. I don't remember seeing anything quite like it before.

    1. You need that eryngium! It's an easy plant and the pollinators love the "blooms".

  4. Love every part of this garden, esp. those Rhodies. So wish I could grow some of these with the fabulous foliage.

  5. Vancouver is so busy now we always rush through it to get to the Island. Will have to make a special trip to go and see the garden. I believe when I was there many years ago the garden used to be parking lots. A much better use of the space.

  6. Ooh, my favorite part of the botanical garden. A fantastic selection of plants. The Tigridia was the biggest surprise. I've tried the more common, commercially available T. pavonia without much success.


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