Dean's Blog

Imagine UBC Day on the Mall. Good that the rain stopped!

September 3, 2013 - 17:02

When I found out that a new perimeter drain had to be installed around the geography building (built 1925), I knew that the work was going to have a significant impact on existing planting.  Fortuantely, we were able to relocate several of the specimen Rhododendrons located nearest the building.  With expert and careful work by gardening staff, the plants are now living in a number of other areas on campus (e.g. the north side of the Wesbrook building).  Above is an image of staff engaged in the digging and moving of one of these Rhodies.

August 12, 2013 - 08:38

It's been interesting to watch our Mall get transformed to look like a different place in a different time (I think they're trying for a world fair somewhere in the 1960's). I love the fake boxwood hedges - might try those out if this dry warm weather keeps up! Go check out the movie set at the north end of Main Mall. Not sure when shooting begins.

August 7, 2013 - 00:00

Enjoying the view on my way to a meeting today.

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May 7, 2013 - 00:00

Over the past few years I've enjoyed watching how the extra warmth created by this south facing building overhang on University Boulevard (Chemistry) causes the blossoms right next to it to bloom a week or so earlier than those on the rest of the tree.

March 28, 2013 - 00:00