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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Finding New Plants for Introduction

Douglas Justice

pp: 619-621


The University of British Columbia Botanical Garden Plant Introduction Scheme has been introducing and recommending plants since 1985. Roy Taylor, then Director of the Botanical Gardens established the program in 1980 to foster strong links with the nursery industry and provide the public with a continuing source of interesting and reliable landscape plants. The UBC Botanical Garden, initially a campus arboretum planted in 1916, and subsequently reduced to a rose garden and a few ancillary plantings because of campus development through the 1960s, grew to over 70 acres under Dr. Taylor's direction. It now boasts magnificent collections of woody and herbaceous plants from around the temperate world in a variety of garden settings. It was from these collections that the idea for a plant introduction program was borne.

Our present Director, Bruce Macdonald (I.P.P.S. Western Region President 1988–89 and I.P.P.S. International President 1996–97), is responsible for most of the

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