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UNBC donates property to David Douglas Botanical Garden Society

A sign marking the future home of the expanded David Douglas Botanical Gardens at UNBC was unveiled Monday. Bill Phillips photo


Universities are usually always on the receiving end of donations from the community.

The tables have been turned, however, as the University of Northern British Columbia is donating 23 acres of land, near the turn-off to the Greenway Trails, for an expanded David Douglas Botanical Gardens.

“This is a big occasion for the society ,” said Linda Naess, president of the David Douglas Botanical Gardens Society. “In 1991, when the society was formed, the dream was to open a botanical garden. Today, that reality gets closer.”

She said the society’s project committee has spent years developing a plan for the garden. It will likely take a few more years to build the garden.

“A big thank you to UNBC for the donation of the land,” she said. “We really appreciate it.”

For UNBC president Dr. Dan Weeks called the project a dream come true.

“This will be a showpiece for my vision of the university in 2040, when we’re 50 years old,” he said. “In 2040 this will be a magnificent garden, the most northern botanical garden in Canada.”

He said the society will attract students, faculty, and staff to the university and for people who simply want to view the gardens.

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