Patrick Lewis

Director, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden

About the Contributor

As Director of the UBC Botanical Garden (est. 1916), including the Nitobe Memorial Garden, Patrick Lewis is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the Garden. Prior to joining the Garden, Patrick was the Managing Director of UBC’s Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, as well as on the executive of the UBC College for Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a founding member and director of the North American Japanese Garden Association, sits, ex officio, on the Vandusen Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors, and is an active member of the American Public Garden Association. From 2011 to 2013 Patrick was director of the UBC Biodiversity Collections, including the Garden, as well as the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Through millions of years of evolution, the structures and processes of organisms have resolved many of the engineering and environmental challenges facing the modern world–we just need to look, observe, and learn.


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Lipstick on a Fig Tree

Why Planting Trees Avoids the Real Problems (and May Make Things Worse)

Thursday, january 14th, 8:30am pst / 11:30am est




Lipstick on a Fig Tree


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