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How to turn your green space into a healthy avian habitat Autumn is a fascinating time for bird-watchers in our region. A wide variety of resident and over-wintering birds are regularly observed in Metro Vancouver throughout fall and winter.  At places like Boundary Bay Regional Park and other seashore locations,…

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​The traditional turf lawn has been a mainstay of landscaping for many years. But lawn alternatives are catching on; for their ease of maintenance, low water requirements, and pest resistance. Popularity of Lawn Alternatives Keeps Growing A well-manicured, traditional turf lawn is a wonderful thing to behold. But that beauty…

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You’ve seen lawns around the region destroyed by animals and birds searching for a juicy chafer beetle snack. Now there’s a new beetle in town. And it’s even worse! The Japanese beetle is threatening lawns, gardens, and landscaped areas in Vancouver. In response, steps are being taken by local and…

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English ivy, English holly, periwinkle, lamium, and daphne/spurge laurel are common plants in gardens and disturbed areas throughout the region. However, many people are surprised to learn that these plants are invasive, which means they can harm local ecosystems, human health, and the economy! Invasive plants are non-native plants that can…

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Looking for something to do that is fun and educational? Check out some of these garden-related events from around the region! Self-Guided Tours at Van Dusen Botanical Garden every month – Numbered self-guided tours are plotted out by volunteers nearly every month for visitors to enjoy at their leisure. Links…

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Spring is just around the corner and so is the gardening season! The Grow Green guide is a great place to look for garden inspiration and advice. You can also check out five of our most popular designs at the Grow Green demonstration garden featured at UBC Botanical Garden. On…

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​Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden)   Spring is the busiest time of year for gardeners with a seemingly never-ending list of tasks. Is there ever enough time to get everything done? UBC Botanical Garden’s Egan Davis is here to help! Read his eco-friendly tips to save…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden)   Weeding often seems like a never ending task, knowing that once it’s done, it is only a matter of time before the weeds grow back again. Not only is this annoying, but it is detrimental. Every time weeds are removed,…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden)   Spring in Metro Vancouver is a special time of year. Starting in January, bulbs are beginning to flower, winter-flowering shrubs are smelling sweetly, and birds are actively preparing for their nesting season. This glorious emergence of life continues for months…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden), with Matias Taylor, Marketing Assistant (UBC Botanical Garden)   Every year, fall rolls around with its brown-leaved, sweater-wearing familiarity, and, with it, gardening enthusiasts new and old prepare for a season of pruning, cleaning, and planting. Common wisdom often tells you…

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