The David Douglas Botanical Garden Society (DDBGS) has announced a $1.2 million development plan that will establish the garden as the northernmost botanical garden in Canada.
The Phase 2A Expansion Project will eventually encompass the entire 23-acre parcel on the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) campus, spotlighting an array of plants native to the region that thrive in the Prince George climate.
The project not only enhances the natural beauty of the campus but also fortifies DDBGS's commitment to education, in alignment with its key mandate.
"We are thrilled to embark on this next phase of growth," said Linda Naess, President of DDBGS.
"Not only will this project reinforce our society's mission of education, but it will also transform our garden into a must-visit tourist destination, promoting local biodiversity and enriching the cultural tapestry of Prince George. We're incredibly grateful for the support from UNBC and our funding partners. This project represents a collaborative effort to enhance our community's connection to nature, education, and regional pride."
UNBC, a key project partner, has generously provided the use of the land for this expansion. Funding partners include the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; Service Canada and the New Horizons for Seniors Program; NDIT; and Winton Homes Ltd.
“The existing gardens developed and maintained by the David Douglas Botanical Garden Society are a jewel of our Prince George campus, enjoyed by UNBC students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said UNBC Interim Vice President Research and Innovation Dr. Kathy Lewis.
"Through this expansion project, we are excited to work with the Society to enhance our community’s connection to nature and provide unique teaching and research opportunities.”
To date, the expansion project has been backed by an army of volunteers from DDBGS, contractors, and loyal membership with individual donations. DDBGS said their support has been instrumental in turning this project into a reality.