The Nitobe Memorial Garden, a stone’s throw from the UBC Botanical Garden, is considered one of the most authentic Japanese walled gardens outside of Japan.
In addition to many BC native shrubs and trees, pruned and shaped in the Japanese style, the 2.5-acre garden also features Japanese maples, cherry trees, azaleas, and irises as well as graceful bridges spanning the streams, and koi fish swimming through a placid pool.
The informal Stroll Garden is lined with a stone path bearing a passing resemblance to maps of the Milky Way — a subtle comment on the harmony running through nature, large and small. The circular path represents the cycle of life.
In the Tea Garden you’ll find a stone path leading to a Tea House where tea ceremonies take place, the last Saturday of every month June through October. Space is limited to 8 people; call 604/939-7749 for reservations.
The garden is especially beautiful during the summer months although most spectacular in April and May when cherry blossoms are in their full glory, and in the fall when the maples turn crimson, orange and yellow.
Tip: The audio guide is well worth the nominal investment.
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