What You'll Get
Plants have a complex maturation process that sometimes means leaving the home meadow, heading to the big forest, and moonlighting in a botanical garden to make ends meet. Help a shrub realize its dream of becoming an acorn-dropping oak with today' Groupon to the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus on Southwest Marine Drive. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-year basic adult membership (a $50 value).
- For $37, you get a one-year basic family membership, which includes two adults and four youth (a $75 value).
As Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden, UBC Botanical Garden showcases the beauty of more than 8,000 plants and researches biodiversity on about 44 hectares (110 acres) of grounds, containing an Asian garden and a Carolinian forest. The one-year basic membership includes year-round access to select gardens including the Nitobe Memorial Garden and living collections, surrounding members with an eclectic ensemble of treetop mosses, lichens, birds, and Ewoks. Members also get 10% off admission for a friend, 10% off purchases at Shop in the Garden and Plant Centre, special members-only offers via email, reciprocal entry at Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, and discounts on adult education courses in advanced leaf blowing and extreme tree-hugging.
Foliage fans who also yearn to overcome gravity may upgrade to Greenheart Canopy Walkway access upon redemption for an additional $15 for a family pass, or $7.50 for an adult pass. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway, a skywalk system of interlaced cables that leave trees physically and emotionally unscathed, spans more than 308 metres with heights reaching up to 17.5 metres. Tours take off every hour, or the adventurous can independently explore the lush biodiversity at their own pace, enjoying a bird's-eye view of the Pacific rain forest without uncomfortable ocular transplants.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. New members only. Must activate membership by October 26, 2011, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Must activate in person. Gift recipients must activate in person. May upgrade to Greenheart Canopy Walkway access for an additional fee. Family membership is considered 2 adults and 4 youth. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About UBC Botanical Garden
The vibrant blooms and lush foliage of approximately 50,000 plants greet visitors' eyes as they wander along the outdoor paths of the UBC Botanical Garden, the recipient of a National Tourism Award. Guest are encouraged to make small talk with plants on display, which include international varietals such as Asian maple trees, alpine and montane flora, more than 400 species of rhododendrons, and vascular plants from the rainforest.