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  • University of British Columbia Botanical Garden


  • Throughout history, people have sought connections with nature. In particular, designers have observed nature, investigated its materials, and imitated and abstracted its forms and qualities. Join UBC Botanical Gardens and TEALEAVES, along with a series of industry experts for a screening of The Garden of Secrets documentary. The screening will be followed by an intimate conversation with leading experts on biomimicry and biophilia and how designs inspired by the natural world strike the perfect balance between innovation and environmental respect, contributing to the betterment of humanity and a greener future.

    Panelists include:
    Patrick Lewis, Director, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
    • Patrick Lewis is Director of UBC Botanical Garden (est. 1916). He is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the Garden, including its development, oversight, organization and financial management, the management of professional and support staff (curatorial, horticultural, and administrative, and contract), and project management.
    Alexandra Ralevski, Director, AskNature at the Biomimicry Institute
    • Alexandra Ralevski, PhD recently completed her postdoctoral work at Yale University in plant biology and neuroscience. She is currently the Director of AskNature at the Biomimicry Institute, where she uses inspiration from nature to drive solutions to design challenges in academia and industry.
    Panel moderated by:
    Lana Sutherland, CEO & Co-Founder, TEALEAVES
    • Lana Sutherland is a co-founder and the CEO of TEALEAVES, the tea maker of choice for five-star hotels and Michelin chefs. Known for her creativity, commitment to diversity and fierce devotion to equality, Lana has proudly led a women and minority based team for 25+ years.

    Ramped access
    Integrated and dispersed wheelchair seating
    Wheelchair-accessible box office, stage/ backstage, meeting, and dressing rooms
    Wheelchair-accessible display cases, exhibit areas, and counters
    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and water fountains
    All-gender restrooms

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    Tickets are by donation beginning at $5 (We will not refuse anyone for lack of funds). All proceeds go to University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens.

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