UBC Botanical Garden is the forum of Canada's oldest botanical garden, for science-based plant, gardening, and biodiversity enthusiasts worldwide.

The forum welcomes a wide range of topics of discussion. Discussions range from traditional gardening questions to plant identification queries. Also, from the appreciation of nature and biodiversity to focused discussion on specific groups of plants like maples and conifers. The community emphasizes evidence-based science and horticultural practices. Members range from participants with no experience but with keen interest, to professionals with decades of experience.

This forum has over 60 subcategories that organize into 10 sections. These include:

  • General Gardening
  • Pacific Northwest of North America
  • Plants and Science
  • Biodiversity
  • Gardening for Food, Drink, and Spice
  • Plants by Groups
  • Gardens by Type
  • UBC Botanical Garden

On the other hand, the community's website also includes a learning section with resources, tools, and guides for gardening enthusiasts. Additionally, you can find an academic collection of research papers and plant collections. Lastly, there is a news section for you to always stay up-to-date, that also includes events and activities for members.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 1916
  • Founders:

    Daniel Mosquin

  • Amount of members: 35,200
  • Online Group: Yes
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • Method: Virtual


Expand your knowledge:
Through 10 sections and over 60 subcategories, participating in this forum is a surefire way to learn about plants, classifications, groups, location, and their uses in food, among other topics.

Find like-minded people:
In this community, you will connect with plant lovers and scientists around the world. You can even check the events and activities in Canada and book a visit to the botanic garden to interact with like-minded people.

Browse the resources:
The UBC Botanical Garden website has a learning section with resources and guides, as well as another section with academic research pieces and plant collections. Lastly, you can also check out the latest news and events/activities.


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The community promotes its own events. These include activities like tea ceremonies at Nitobe Memorial Garden or drop-in tours. On the other hand, the forum includes a thread called "Pacific Northwest workshops and events", where members post botanic meetings. Even though the community does not host these, members living nearby sometimes attend together. The events are of different types. In some cases, these are workshops or conferences. There are also plant sale events or webinars.

Learning Events

Members often attend in-person workshops at UBC Botanical Garden. These are events to learn about native plants, plant identification, and other related topics. Also, it's possible to book a visit to the garden or a drop-in-tour. They are free (organized by volunteers) and give you the option to explore different plants in the garden.

Additionally, in the forum members often share invitations to botanic events. These are generally conferences and webinars.

Networking Events

Members of the UBC Botanic Garden communicate through an online discussion forum. It offers a wide range of options for discussion categorized according to different topics. There are over 60 topics in 10 different categories. Members discuss things like plant groups, types, uses, characteristics, and locations. Also, they can participate in the events thread to meet other members in person.

Content Library

On the website, you can find a "Research & Collections" section full of resources for plant lovers. It's divided into different types of content:

  • Plant Collections: This is a collection of approximately 30,000 plants. It works through the "Garden Explorer", a search engine that allows members to look for specific plants in the curated collection.
  • Research: This section includes articles on how to perform research botanical work and professors who have done it.
  • Library & Archives: It contains textual records, photos, architectural plans, and additional content about Botanics.
  • Books, Volumes & Apps: In this section, you can find a list with the names and authors of the most recommended books and apps in Botanics.

On the other hand, the forum includes a dedicated section for resources. It has a search engine that allows you to look for categories or keywords. Then, it retrieves all posts related to that topic. This is useful to find links, content shared by members, or specific posts more easily. Additionally, the media section has photos and videos of plants.

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