Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.
Looking for a tranquil oasis to get away from life’s hustle and bustle? Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia. Considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, the garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.
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 pick up a self-guided map. Visit in spring for the cherry blossoms, summer for the irises or autumn for the maples. The subtleties of Nitobe Memorial Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year: a reflecting pond with Koi, streams and waterfalls, stone lanterns and the teahouse — all contribute to a unique and meaningful experience.
About Nitobe Memorial Garden:
Address: 1895 Lower Mall Vancouver, BC
Hours: Daily 9:30am-5pm (April 1 – October 31)
Phone: 604.822.6038 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604.822.6038 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
|We have a Yearly Family Membership for UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden to give away. All you have to do is post a comment below and we’ll randomly select a winner at noon on Friday, September 28th and notify the winner by email.
Updated Friday, September 28th: Congratulations Time! You are the lucky recipient of an Annual Family Membership for the UBC Botanical Garden, including the Nitobe Memorial Garden. Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment. Stay tuned for our next featured attraction!