TEALEAVES x UBC Botanical Garden Challenges Design Thinking in Celebration of Vancouver Design Week

Biomimicry looks at nature as a resource for ideas, instead of a source for raw materials--it's a way of using, without using up. A garden isn't just a garden of plants, but ideas. Your next big idea could be hiding in the bushes—literally.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - May 1, 2018 - PRLog -- In celebration of Vancouver Design Week and its 2018 theme "Impact," Canadian luxury tea blender TEALEAVES (https://www.tealeaves.com/) alongside UBC Botanical Garden, have collaborated to reveal the #GardenOfSecrets. This collaboration aims to challenge design thinking within the realm of biomimicry. What secrets do botanical gardens hold, and how can plant-inspired design be used as a tool to better our lives?

Monet and the great painters and artists were inspired by nature. Inventors throughout history were inspired by nature. Why? With millions of years of experience, mother nature has consistently evolved to result in some of the most clever shortcuts and innovations.

Today's developers, designers and innovators are trying to make their mark, and can look to nature for their next solution. A garden isn't just plants, but ideas.

By sharing the experience from experts from a variety of disciplines – from luxury tea blender

TEALEAVES, to UBC Botanical Garden (http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/), Christine Lintott Architects (http://www.lintottarchitect.ca/), and PFS Studio (http://pfsstudio.com/) – this panel will explore how botanical gardens and the "secrets" they house can inspire different innovators from tea blenders, designers, academics and more to build lasting impact on people, society and the environment.

"With this project, we challenge the industry thinking, revealing a Garden of Secrets. Your next big idea could be right in front of you," says Lana Sutherland, CEO of TEALEAVES.

"We want to challenge how the industry is thinking. As tea blenders, we know the importance the ecosystem plays not only in the culinary industry, but also how it impacts our lives."

The first bud from the Garden of Secrets will bloom at Vancouver Design Week! A world of possibilities awaits.


(Moderator) Lana Sutherland - CEO, TEALEAVES

• Lana Sutherland is CEO and Co-founder of TEALEAVES, the tea purveyor of choice to five-star hotels and Michelin chefs worldwide. TEALEAVES offers over 200 eclectic blends with leaves sourced from the world's tier-one gardens.

Douglas Justice - Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden

• Responsible for day-to-day operations of the garden and interpretation of plant collections, Douglas is a founding member and past-president of the Native Plant Society of BC, and actively involved with local, national and international botanical and horticultural organizations.

Christine Lintott - Principal, Christine Lintott Architects

• A practicing Architect and a Biomimicry Professional, Christine is committed to bringing nature inspired design to the building industry. She is a passionate translator of nature's genius, communicating across disciplines to define, discover and create relevant solutions to infrastructure challenges.
• Passionate about supporting the realization of sustainable human environments, Christine has embraced biomimicry, alongside ideas around regenerative design and restorative cultures. As a leader in the emerging discipline of Biomimicry, she is convinced that the methodologies of this practice, inspired by Nature, will further accelerate the building industry to true sustainability.

Kelty McKinnon - Partner, PFS Studio

• Kelty brings her experience in landscape, art, architecture, and ecology to her work at PFS Studio. Specializing in projects dealing with the public realm, she is committed to the creation of unique, innovative public space that is both culturally and ecologically rich.

Event Details

Date: May 7, 2018

Time: 7 pm

Location: UBC Botanical Gardens-- 804 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tealeaves-x-ubc-botanical-garden-garden-of-secrets-a-panel-discussion-on-plant-inspired-biomimicry-tickets-45046414037?aff=efbevent


Christine Lintott Architects

UBC Botanical Garden

PFS Studio

About the TEALEAVES x UBC Botanical Garden #GardenOfSecrets Campaign

Monet and other great artists were inspired by nature. Inventors and designers throughout history have been inspired by nature, too. Why? Because millions of years of evolution has resulted in some of the cleverest short-cuts and innovations.

Biomimicry is the practice of looking at nature as a resource for ideas, instead of a source for raw materials--it's a way of using, without using up. With this in mind, a garden isn't just a garden of plants, it's actually a garden of ideas. By visiting a botanical garden, your next big idea could be hiding in the bushes—literally. When you kill plants through not caring about the environment, you could be killing future ideas.

TEALEAVES collaborated with the UBC Botanical Garden and experts of industry and academia to curate a virtual "Garden of Secrets"--a garden of plant-inspired biomimicry and biophilic design, to inspire you.


Established in 1994, TEALEAVES is one of the very few tea blenders in the world, known for crafting the highest quality teas in small batches by hand. TEALEAVES strives for perfection, driven by the never-ending quest to make the perfect cup of tea. With the philosophy of inspiring creativity and connections through the art of blending, TEALEAVES has gripped the hearts and minds of five-star hotels and Michelin Star chefs, worldwide, as their tea brand of choice for over two decades. Sourcing ingredients from over 90 countries and keeping only 1% of the tea leaves presented to them from the world's highest grade gardens, TEALEAVES hopes to stay people's "cup of tea" for generations to come, whether in a five-star environment or in the luxury of one's home. More information is available at TEALEAVES.com (http://www.tealeaves.com/).

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