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explore 4 must visit gardens in victoria, b.c. this spring, perfect for aspiring biologists at uvic
Explore 4 Must-Visit Gardens in Victoria, B.C. This Spring, Perfect for Aspiring Biologists at UVic
explore 4 must visit gardens in victoria, b.c. this spring, perfect for aspiring biologists at uvic

Explore 4 Must-Visit Gardens in Victoria, B.C. This Spring, Perfect for Aspiring Biologists at UVic

Are you looking for the best outdoor gardens to visit this spring/summer? In this article we will discuss the top four locations to visit if you are a garden enthusiast in Victoria, B.C. 

For individuals who are nature-enthusiasts, or looking to learn more about plant-animal/plant-human interactions, we will introduce the UVic Bachelor of Science program with a Major in Biology! 

1) Butchart Gardens 

Butchart Gardens is a 120 year old, National Historic Site of Canada, renowned for its stunning floral displays and landscaped gardens. Each section of the garden (Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, etc.,) offers a unique visual experience with diverse and colourful plant species, making it the perfect location for nature lovers and photographers to visit. With 55-acres of greenery, Butchart Gardens is known as one of the most beautiful, and most visited outdoor gardens in Canada. 

Location: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, B.C. 

2) Victoria Butterfly Gardens 

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are an indoor tropical environment filled with thousands of free-flying butterflies from around the world. These colourful butterflies aren’t the only animals that inhabit this environment, tropical birds, frogs, fish, and insects also live at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. As an indoor attraction, the gardens include hundreds of tropical plant species, creating a rich and immersive environment that showcases biodiversity, and can be enjoyed year-round, regardless of the weather. 

Location: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, B.C.

3) Beacon Hill Park 

Beacon Hill Park is known for its tranquil ponds, gardens, and close proximity to downtown Victoria. The park’s plant life and scenic views are perfect for people looking to escape the city, or nature enthusiasts. The park features many wild birds including ducks, and peacocks. The park also offers walking and jogging trails, sports fields, playgrounds, and bird watching areas. 

Location: 100 Cook St, Victoria, B.C.

4) Finnerty Gardens at The University of Victoria (UVic)

Located on the UVic campus, Finnerty Gardens is a convenient destination for both students and the general public. Entrance to the garden is free, making it an affordable experience for all. A key feature of the garden is that it has over 500 species of rhododendrons, which bloom in the spring. Finnerty Gardens often hosts educational programs, tours, and workshops on horticulture, botany, and conservation as it is within the UVic Campus. 

Location: University Dr, Victoria, B.C. 

UVic’s 4-year Bachelor of Science Program, Major in Biology 

For those inspired by the beauty and intricacy of these gardens, the University of Victoria’s BSc program with a major in Biology provides an excellent opportunity to delve deeper into the study of plants. Understanding plant biology is crucial for environmental conservation, and to combat climate change, and UVic’s program will equip students with the knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to this industry. 

UVic’s flexible undergraduate program allows students in this field to choose a wide range of biology-related electives, with concentrations in forest ecology, marine biology, neuroscience, and many more. 

For a complete list of undergraduate programs UVic offers within this field click here.  

UVic also offers students paid-work experience where they get hands-on experience in Biology when they enroll in the co-op program. For more information on the biology co-op program click here

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies, UVic offers full-time research based Master of Science and PhD programs in Biology. Click here for more information about the program. 

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Sample Electives for a Major in Biology

For information on English language requirements click here

Think you are a good fit for the program, learn how to apply here

Sources: Butchart GardenBeacon Hill Park, Victoria Butterfly Garden, UVIC Biology

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