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UBC Botanical Garden Peter Wharton Lecture with speaker Dr. Suzanne Simard

March 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Peter Wharton was the much-admired curator of the UBC Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden. The Peter Wharton Lecture was established to honour Peter’s memory and legacy.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Suzanne Simard as the speaker for the lecture this year. Dr. Simard has spent over 25 years researching how trees communicate through underground webs of fugal filament that help them support and look after each other to keep the forest healthy. Her research was distilled into her recent book, Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Forest, which instantly became a New York Times bestseller. It has received widespread praise from the scientific and literary communities alike.

Please join us for an evening lecture with Dr. Simard, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.


Dr. Suzanne Simard BSF’83 is a professor of Forest Ecology in the UBC Faculty of Forestry and the leader of The Mother Tree Project. She holds a PhD and MSc in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University and a BSF in Forest Resource Management from UBC.


Jack Poole Hall, Robert. H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC

Date and Time:

Thursday, March 9th 2023. 5:00 pm 

Event Schedule:

5:00 pm – Check-in at Reception
5:45 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dr. Suzanne Simard
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Reception and Refreshments


$12 per person (General Admission)
$10 per person for concession (UBC Alumni, Garden Members, and Friends of the Garden with valid ID)
$5 per person for students (with valid ID)

Purchase Tickets

Proceeds from ticket sales help cover costs to host Peter Wharton Lecture events. Please consider supporting future Wharton Lectures by donating to the Peter Wharton Memorial Fund.

Dress Code:

Smart casual

Guest Parking:

There is limited metered street parking available along University Boulevard and Westbrook Mall.

We suggest using one of the following parkades:

University Boulevard Lot (Premium — next door to venue)
6163 University Blvd, V6T 1Z1

Health Science Parkade (Economy — five-minute walk)
2250 Health Science Mall, V6T 1Z3

North Parkade (Economy — five-minute walk)
6115 Student Union Boulevard, V6T 1Z1

Should you require any further information on transportation options to, from or around campus, please visit transportation.ubc.ca


March 9, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
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