Roseline Ampitheatre Opens

UBC Botanical Gardens Roseline Sturdy AmpitheaterOn June 19, 2010, friends and family of Roseline Sturdy gathered at the UBC Botanical Garden’s beautiful new amphitheatre named in her honour.

A long-time supporter of the Garden, Roseline Sturdy passed away in 2008. Her husband, Morgan, generously donated a large portion of the funds needed to build the amphitheatre.

Located in the northeast corner of the Garden, the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre provides an intimate, unique environment for lectures, plays, musical performances, and wedding ceremonies.

The theatre consists of a gravel performance area surrounded by a curving, rammed-earth wall, and rising tiers of polished concrete that can seat up to 250 people. It also features a stunning stainless steel water feature created by internationally recognized artist William Pye.

At the June event, three actors from the Fredrick Wood Theatre performed an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to demonstrate the theatre’s acoustics.

“This amphitheatre is the first of its kind in Vancouver,” said Patrick Lewis, Director of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. “We’re very excited to be able to provide a facility that will contribute to the city’s cultural scene.”

While the amphitheatre is now open, it’s still in need of donor support for finishing touches, such as lighting for the pathways, improving wheelchair access and building washrooms.

For more information, please contact Marcia Thompson, Development Officer, 604-822-0623 or

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