Jane Durante

“In Vancouver, space for urban gardens, particularly big space, is becoming increasingly scarce. It won’t be long before we have to decide what to do with key spaces such as the one in front of the courthouse building and land along the Arbutus rail corridor as well as under and around the viaducts.

We’ve matured a lot here in terms of our definition of a garden space. We still have a great love for plants, but we are at last recognizing the value of other quality materials – glass, steel, concrete, stone and rock – to create beautiful urban garden space. Public art plays a big part in “placemaking” and is essential to garden spaces

It will be wonderful to see what we can do to make Vancouver an even more beautiful and fun place to live in the future.”
Jane Durante, Landscape architect, Durante Kreuk Ltd.

Jane Durante’s contributions to Vancouver’s urban garden spaces include the reflecting pools and gardens around the Bayshore towers at Coal Harbour, Discovery Square, the mini-park with rows of cherry trees and super-fragrant sweatbox hedging next to the SkyTrain station on Burrard Street, Pigeon Park on Hastings Street, the Lagoons on the west side of Granville Island, a charming terrace garden on the eighth floor of the Performance Arts Lodge on Cardero, and the garden plaza next to Christ Church Cathedral.

Garden and urban spaces Jane Durante thinks reflect
the style and excellence that Vancouver should always strive to achieve.
  • Nitobe Garden, 1895 Lower Mall, University of B.C. campus
  • Pigeon Park, corner of Hastings and Carrall streets
  • Mole Hill Lane, behind Pendrell Street
  • Cathedral Place courtyard, at corner of Hornby and Georgia streets
  • Langara College campus gardens next to the library building at 100 49th Avenue
  • Yaletown Park, corner of Nelson and Mainland streets
  • Vancouver Park Board offices at 2099 Beach Avenue
  • Italian Rain Gardens, Hastings Park at Renfrew
  • The Drop at the Vancouver Convention Centre
  • The Seawall

from Expert shares her favourite hidden gems
Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun, May 19, 2011