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Nitobe Memorial Garden

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Opened in 1960 in memory of Japanese scholar and diplomat Dr. Inazo Nitobe (1862–1933), this 2½-acre walled garden, which includes a pond, a stream with a small waterfall, and a ceremonial teahouse, is considered one of the most authentic Japanese tea and strolling gardens outside Japan. Designed by Professor Kannosuke Mori of Japan's Chiba University, the garden incorporates many native British Columbia trees and shrubs, pruned and trained Japanese style, and interplanted with Japanese maples and flowering shrubs. The circular path around the park symbolizes the cycle of life and provides a tranquil view from every direction. Cherry blossoms are the highlight in April and May, and in June the irises are magnificent. Because the garden is so exotic, it's worth renting an audio guide. Japanese tea ceremonies are held the last Saturday of every month, May through September; call 604/939–7749 for reservations.

    Contact Information

  • Address: University of British Columbia, 1895 Lower Mall, Point Grey, Vancouver, BC BC V6T | Map It
  • Phone: 604/822–6038
  • Cost: C$6 Apr.–Oct.; C$12 includes admission to the UBC Botanical Gardens; by donation Nov.–Mar.
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 9:30–5; Nov.–Mar., weekdays 10–2
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  • Location: West Side and Kitsilano
Updated: 05-04-2012

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