Hi. I'm new here, and this is my first post. I have no idea where to post this, so I hope someone can help. I'm planning a trip to the Vancouver area and Salt Spring island in mid-October. I'd like to visit VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the UBC Botanical Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park, as well as any other parks that may be of interest. I'm particularily looking for the 'rare and unusual' plant species, in particular the Wollemi pine. The only public gardens in Canada that I know of that have nice size specimens of these are Butchart Gardens and UBC. Are there other places I can see them? I have one of my own (which will be grown as long as possible as an indoor plant) and would love to see one in a garden setting. Where is the UBC Wollemi planted? Does VanDusen have one? Are there any other 'interesting' plants that I should be on the lookout for while in the area? I have been to these places before, so I know what to expect, but it has been a while, and never in October. What would be something to see at this time of year, either in the gardens or elsewhere in the city, as far as flowers or fall colours go? Also, are there any public displays of Carnivorous plants and/or orchids in the above mentioned gardens or other areas? I know many species of Carnivorous plants and orchids are very hardy in the Vancouver climate, but for some reason botanical gardens do not grow them. Any idea why? Another question, is what can I expect from the weather? I am assuming rain, but how much? Temperature?