Industry partnership blooms with gift of original art to KPU

Thu, Aug 4, 2016

Langley, B.C. – Everything’s coming up dogwoods at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

The KPU Faculty of Science and Horticulture was recently gifted an original artwork from Bur-Han Garden and Lawn Care, a close School of Horticulture industry contact. The painting, an original by Victoria artist Janet Anderson, is of the dogwood, called “Spring.”

Anderson’s works are held in local, national and international private collections. The artwork was commissioned specifically for the School of Horticulture, with inspiration coming from Anderson’s tour of the horticulture facilities and installations at KPU’s Langley campus.

“Several of our employees have completed the KPU’s landscape horticulture apprenticeship program and we were looking for a meaningful way to say thank you for the excellent hands-on training our employees have received and will continue to receive in the years to come,” said Robert Hannah, co-owner of Bur-Han.

“What a wonderful way for our horticulture programs to get recognized by the industry,” said Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. “We are very thankful for this stunning piece of art and we look forward to continuing working with Bur-Han.”

The painting is prominently displayed in the reception area of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture Dean’s Office at KPU Langley.

Bur-Han Garden and Lawn Care, a North Vancouver business, was established over 20 years ago by co-owners Tim Bourke and Robert Hannah (Bur-Han) and serves customers throughout the Lower Mainland.

KPU’s horticulture department offers apprenticeships in landscape horticulture, production horticulture, climbing arborist, and arborist technician. For more information visit kpu.ca/hort.

Download a photo of the art with Dr. Elizabeth Worobec and Robert Hannah on Flickr here. 

About Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at kpu.ca.

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