In the winter of 2022, curator of entomology Dr. Joel Gibson collected plant galls from the Native Plant Garden at the Royal BC Museum. Over the next few months he reared them out to see what insects were inside. Come and discover what it emerged and what Dr. Gibson is going to do next.
This Week In History - Pressed Plants
Join collections manager Heidi Guest and learn how the museum collects and preserves plants from all over the province. Pick up a copy of our book Pressed Plants to get started on your own plant collecting journey.
Order a copy of Pressed Plants: https://publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/product/pressed-plants/
Season 11 Episode 18, Feb 2023
Credit: RBCM and CHEK-TV (2023)
RBCM@Outside: Indigenous Perspective in a Coastal Forest
Join Learning Program Developer Liz Crocker and CRD Cultural Programmer Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwaka’wakw - Kwagiulth First Nation as we explore the forest of Mill Hill Regional Park from an Indigenous perspective. We invite you to take a virtual walk with us to discover how Indigenous Peoples gather various plants, bark and leaves for a multitude of purposes, while maintaining a harmonious sense of relationship to everything around them.
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Identifying Western Red Cedar
Curator of Botany, Dr. Ken Marr shows how to identify Western Red Cedar.
This Week in History, season 4, episode 10. Published on Nov 19, 2015.
Plants produce many chemicals that help in their defense against plant-eating animals (herbivores). Humans use some of these same chemicals as medicine. The Royal BC Museum native plant garden has several interesting examples of the use of plants in human medicine.
This Week in History, Season 4, Episode 6, Edible Plants. Published on October 28, 2015.
Did you know our province has all kinds of wild fruit and berries that you can eat raw or cook into pies or jams? And many of these edible plants are growing in the native plant garden outside the Royal BC Museum.
This Week in History, season 5, episode 2. Published on Sep 14, 2016
Many animals, including people, can choose their mates—but can plants? Well, yes, actually—many of them can. Even though a plant can’t physically move, the flowers of some species are still able to choose their mates.
Curator of Botany Dr. Ken Marr describes his inspiration and work as a botanist.
Dr. Erica Wheeler
Former botany collections manager Dr. Erica Wheeler talks about what inspired her love of plants and what a botanist does.
Botany at the Royal BC Museum
Curator of Botany Dr. Ken Marr and former botany collections manager Dr. Erica Wheeler describe the process of collecting, preserving and storing specimens for the botany collection at the Royal BC Museum.