The Hottest Attraction in Town??

Bloedel Gets Cooled Down!!

Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

This past week the power outages in south Vancouver gave rise to some creative problem solving at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory by QE Park Supervisor Alex Downie. Because of its location at the very top of QE Park, one of the hottest days of summer gave considerable concern for all the living plants and birds inside this giant glasshouse. The Vancouver Fire Department came to the rescue by hosing a cascade of cold water on the dome which brought the temp down to a reasonable level until the power returned.

The proposal to save Bloedel Conservatory will hopefully be officially approved on September 20th by the Park Board.

We like being the Hottest Attraction in town, but not quite so literally!

Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

Photo courtesy Karl Heimersson

Post by guest author Terri Clark

Nurturing Children’s Health Through Nature

Join us for a Public Forum!

photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Friends of Bloedel member Dr. Aimée Taylor, Horticultural Therapist, has been invited to speak about the health aspects of the Bloedel Conservatory as an Indoor Nature Facility. The Stanley Park Ecology Society and Commissioner Loretta Woodcock are co-hosting this public discussion forum on Nature & Children’s Health August 29, 2 – 4pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Speakers on the panel also include Dr. Randall White, M.D.; Becs Hoskins, Executive Director of the Child Nature Alliance; Kristine Webber, Executive Director of the Young Naturalists Club; Roger Keyes, Public Programs Manager, Stanley Park Ecology Society; and Alana Bliss, Quest University.

As you know, the City of Vancouver has created an Action Plan for becoming the world’s Greenest city by 2020, recognizing that green spaces play crucial roles in supporting people’s health by providing wildlife habitat and critical connections with nature, especially for children. With the park board embarking upon a new strategic planning process later this fall, Commissioner Woodcock sees value in putting these concepts into the next Park Board strategic plan. If successful, this could generate future capital and operating dollars to support horticultural initiatives and create programs/resources throughout all parks and gardens in Vancouver (including the Bloedel Conservatory!).

This is a terrific opportunity to learn about current programs in and around our city and inspire the sharing of knowledge on this important but often overlooked topic. Join in this public forum and engage the speakers during the Q & A period after the presentations. Refreshments will be provided.  This looks to be an important stepping stone for future programs and initiatives!  See you there! (Click Here for Map).

See also the article in Vancouver Sun regarding the event: Nature as Therapy: It’s as Old as the Hills