It’s blueberry season locally, and the bushes in the Food Garden are laden with these blue gems. Though tempting to a hungry photographer, these organically-grown berries will be harvested by garden volunteers for those in need.
This particular variety of blueberry, ‘Northland’, is the result of hybridizing work by Stanley Johnston and J. E. Moulton in the mid-20th century. It was introduced (i.e., made available to the public and industry) in 1967. The cultivar name also suggests one of its qualities: suitability for cold climates (source: accession record for Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Northland’ from the USDA’s Germplasm Resources Information Network). One quality that the GRIN database fails to mention is ornamental value–see this photograph of its autumn foliage.
One thing that I’ve long neglected to point out regarding Botany Photo of the Day is that it is only possible because of the dedicated and amazing work of the garden’s horticulturists and labourers. It all starts with the folks who brave the elements to care for these plants. If you encounter them while visiting UBC Botanical Garden (or encounter similar people at other gardens that you enjoy for that matter!), be sure to pass along a word of thanks.