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Nitobe Memorial Garden

Located on the UBC endowment lands near the upscale Point Grey area of Vancouver, the Nitobe Memorial Garden is a natural and peaceful haven. Considered to be the best traditional, authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside Japan, the Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.

The exquisite work of art was created out of two-and-a-half acres (one hectare) of unspoilt forest by landscape architects and gardeners recommended by the government of Japan. The garden honours Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific." Among many other memorials to him is his portrait on the 5000 yen note.

Each tree, stone and shrub has been deliberately placed and is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature. There is harmony among natural forms - waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands and seas - and a balance of masculine and feminine forces traditionally attributed to natural elements.

Realizing that many native trees and shrubs could be trained and pruned in typical Japanese fashion, the garden's creators incorporated them as unique features. Some maple and cherry trees and most of the azaleas and iris were brought from Japan.

A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time - a day, a week or a lifetime - with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending. Although it is appreciated by all who visit, it is highly recommended Nitobe visitors take advantage of tours.

Come in spring for the tree blossoms, in summer for irises, or fall for the maples. As in all of the other components of the UBC Botanical Garden, the subtleties of the Nitobe Memorial Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year: a reflecting pond with Koi, streams and waterfalls, magnificent stone lanterns and the teahouse, each unique and meaningful to the visitor's enjoyment.

The gardens are open March 16-October 16, 2006, every day from 10 am to 6 pm, as summer hours. Admission fees are CAD $4.00 per adult; free for UBC students, children under six, and disabled persons; discounted for seniors. Dual passes are also available to include the UBC Botanical Gardens in your day trip to these two unique Vancouver Gardens.

Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver Point Grey

Accessible by public transport, car, bike.

Ph: +1 604 822 6038

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