March 21, 2014

The Royal Botanical Gardens: a spring visit

Tulips, peonies, and wisteria from a warmer time...



Well, not this spring (yet) but from 2009. Going through my archives, I realized I never posted about my visit with Linda (my better half) to the RBG about five years ago. For the currently flower-deprived readers out there, I'm sure you'll appreciate the following pictures of spring blooms from warmer days in the past. (Who knows, we might even see similar sights around town in May but I wouldn't bet the farm on this given the severity of winter 2013-2014.)



Royal Botanical Gardens pale pink tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens pale pink tulips 





The Royal Botanical Gardens is the
 "largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature" and "located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve." 


My visit didn't cover the entire 110 hectares--just a quiet afternoon on a pleasant May day. The RBG is only about 30-45 minutes from Toronto located near Burlington. It's very well-known for its herbaceous perennials display (especially peonies), tulips at the Rock Garden and the mature specimens in the Arboretum.

I think a visit is long overdue!

(p.s. I apologize in advance for not providing the correct cultivars for the peonies and tulips. If you can help, just send me an e-mail. Thanks!)



Royal Botanical Gardens dark purple wine tree peony by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
dark purple wine tree peony 



Royal Botanical Gardens pink tree peony by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens pink tree peony


Royal Botanical Gardens purple peony by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens purple tree peony 



Royal Botanical Gardens massed tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens massed tulips 



Royal Botanical Gardens orange tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens orange tulips 



Royal Botanical Gardens pale orange tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens pale orange tulips



Royal Botanical Gardens Japanese wisteria floribunda Lawrence by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog.JPG
Royal Botanical Gardens
Japanese wisteria
(Wisteria floribunda "Lawrence")

Royal Botanical Gardens doublefile viburnum plicatum lanarth by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
doublefile Viburnum plicatum "Lanarth"


Royal Botanical Gardens doublefile viburnum plicatum lanarth blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
doublefile Viburnum plicatum "Lanarth" blooms 


Royal Botanical Gardens purple lilac syringa vulgaris by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
 purple lilac Syringa vulgaris

Royal Botanical Gardens syringa vulgaris purple lilac by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
Syringa vulgaris purple lilac 

Royal Botanical Gardens tulips Rock garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
tulips in Rock garden 

Royal Botanical Gardens pink tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
pink and red tulips in the Rock Garden

Royal Botanical Gardens red tulips by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens red tulips 

Royal Botanical Gardens yellow tulips red streaks by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens yellow tulips red streaks

Royal Botanical Gardens clipped boxwoods Laking  knot garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
 clipped boxwoods Laking  knot garden 

Royal Botanical Gardens clipped boxwood knot Laking  garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
clipped boxwood knot garden at
the Laking Garden 

Royal Botanical Gardens Laking  knot garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Royal Botanical Gardens
Laking Garden knot garden
 with topiary and thyme