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GPOD on the Road: University of BC Botanical Garden, Part 2

Returning to a beautiful garden

garden beds edged with bricks

We’re back with more from Susan Esche’s visit to the beautiful University of British Columbia Botanical Garden in Vancouver in early September. It is open to the public and has many different sections and types of gardens to explore.

vegetable garden with raised beds and structures covered in vinesHere is the vegetable garden. I love the vine-covered structures that surround it.

close up of rose hipsRoses are best known for their flowers, of course, but many have very ornamental fruits—called rose hips—after the flowers have faded. These look to be the hips of Rosa moyesii (Zones 5–9), which has deep pink, five-petaled flowers in early summer that are followed by these lovely hips.

garden beds edged with bricksThe physic garden is full of plants that have been used for medicinal purposes in the past.

trees and shrubs with fall foliageJapanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) are beginning to change color for the fall against the backdrop of a classic Pacific Northwest evergreen forest.

close up of flowering shrubsHardy plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Zones 5–8) is a ground cover that is slow to emerge in the spring and not very noticeable in the first half of the summer. In late summer and fall, however, it really shows off with abundant true-blue flowers that keep on going even as the foliage shifts to red and yellow for fall.

view of shrubs and trees in gardenCarefully arranged perennials, shrubs, small trees, and taller trees produce layer upon later of beauty in this garden.

close up of mountain ash fruitI think these brilliant fruits are those of mountain ash (Sorbus sp.). The color is absolutely fluorescent!


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    simplesue 10/31/2023

    I would like to suggest that rose identified as possibly being Rosa moyesii ... might actually be a Rosa Rugosa due to the texture of the leaves.

    Wow I love the Physic Garden! I love all of this garden and all the research they do, it's very impressive...I sure wish the University of Pittsburgh had this garden where I live.
    Thanks so much for sharing your garden tour with all of us!

  2. btucker9675 10/31/2023

    Those are the prettiest rose hips I've seen - such a graceful shape!

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