Ben Stormes: Traversing North America in 350 Meters: The North American Gardens at UBC

Date: 7pm-8pm, Nov 11, 2020

Ben_Headshot_April_2018.jpgThis meeting will include the AGM and may be by ZOOM

The North American Gardens at UBC Botanical Garden cover just over six acres (2.5 hectares) of land, and highlight four distinct floristic regions from our vast and varied continent. From signature collections dating to the garden’s earliest days to new gardens just beginning to taking shape, each of the four areas has its own story to tell. Join Ben Stormes, Horticulturist & Curator of the North American Gardens at UBC, for a lively presentation sharing these stories, exploring some of some the unique plants found in them, and work currently being done to enhance these collections.

Ben Stormes is the Curator & Horticulturist for the North American Gardens at UBC Botanical Garden, a position that has him overseeing the Carolinian Forest Garden, Garry Oak Meadow and Woodland Garden, BC Rainforest Garden, and Pacific Slope Garden. He came to UBC Botanical Garden in July of 2016 following the completion of a master’s degree in Public Garden Leadership from the School of Integrated Plant Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to his graduate degree, Ben worked as an instructor and curator for The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden and School of Horticulture, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. While his work currently focuses on North American native plants, Ben’s interest in botany and horticulture are wide in scope, from tropical slipper orchids to temperate Asian woodland plants. A keen gardener since childhood, there is always lots of dirt under Ben’s nails, no matter how hard he scrubs.