The UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden are hosting "A Century of Plants," the annual conference of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), June 30 to July 3 in the Vancouver area.

Renowned plantsman and explorer Roy Lancaster is among the speakers. Keynote speaker is Moura Quayle, dean of UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.

The program is packed with tours, workshops and sessions for everyone interested in plants and public gardens. Prices range from $273 for one day to $777 for the complete conference, including refreshments and a buffet lunch. Call 604-822-4779 for more information.

A wide range of children's activities, cultural performances and international food will be featured as the Museum of Anthropology stages its first annual Family Day July 1 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Performers include children's songwriter and long-time B.C. folk artist Rick Scott, the Nisga'a Ts'amiks Dancers, the Tsimshian Dancers, the Punjabi Artists Association of Richmond and stilt walkers "Spiral Kiss."

Regular admission applies, but children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult (maximum four children per adult). All UBC staff, students and faculty with identification will be admitted free.

For a detailed schedule of events, contact Manuela Niemetscheck at 604-822-4604, or the museum's main line at 604-822-5087.

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery recently won a Governor General's Medal for Architecture for its architect, Vancouver-based Peter Cardew Architects.

The awards, presented every two years by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and the Canada Council, recognize the best in Canadian architecture.

The largest public gallery in the city after the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Belkin is the centrepiece of the campus' Fine Arts quarter. It opened in June 1995.