Dean's Blog

New seating seems to be working well. As an alernative to the tropical hardwoods, we've transitioned to using this very environmentally sound material for our campus site furniture - 60% rice husks, 20% mineral oil, and 20% salt. Runoff from roof of the adjacent ESB Building is managed in a channel of native Equisetum hymale (Scouring Rush).

March 22, 2013 - 00:00

The old soap suds in the fountain trick.  Not exactly original but, for some, worth a few yuks I guess.  On a more pragmatic note - what are the costs?  First - the fountain has to to be turned off until Building Ops staff can get to cleaning out the suds (jets have been off for a few days now).  Second, the pool has to be drained.  Yup - hundreds of litres of potable water straight into the storm system (water that ultimately finds its way in to the ocean).  Then the pool has to be filled up again.  Please don't soap the fountain...

February 14, 2013 - 00:00

Canada, being blessed with the "balmy" winters that it is known for doesn't provide much opportunity to grow plants like Camellia sasanqua.  However, unlike the rest of the country - we in fact do enjoy this opportunity.  Our campus, jutting out into the Strait of Georgia, is situated in plant hardiness zone 8 - ensuring a steady sprinkling of blossoms throughout those months of the year when the rest of the country is buried under feet of snow.  These plants are located on the west side of the Student Union Building.

February 14, 2013 - 00:00

 Winter blossoms like Viburnum x bodnantense 'Pink Dawn' at the Geography Building aren't the most showy - but they're hard not to notice when you walk by and catch a whiff...

February 8, 2013 - 00:00

You know spring is not too far off when the Witch Hazel and Sarcococca are in bloom. Image taken in front of Kaiser Building.

January 28, 2013 - 00:00