Friday, June 2, 2017

Within The Garden Of The Provinces

One morning during the Tulip Festival I stopped at The Garden Of The Provinces And Territories. This area, first created in the early 1960s, is the western gateway into the Parliamentary district. Set between two churches, St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Christ Church Cathedral, on the south, and Library And Archives Canada on the north, it is a combination of terraces, water features, flower beds, and park land. Originally called the Garden Of The Provinces, it was renamed about ten years ago to reflect the Canadian territories as well, and the grounds include the flags of the provinces and territories, as well as insignia of each. Tulips show up here this time of year, less densely planted than down around Dow's Lake. This first shot features St. Peter's in the background, while the second looks towards Christ Church, its neighbour.


Down along the terrace, this is a water feature. Turning around gives a view towards the headquarters of Library And Archives Canada.


The path below takes in some of the flower beds. The tulips here were not quite at their peak, and for the most part of an ivory colour.


Returning back where I started, I took a couple of shots of the blossoming tree beside St. Peter's.

29 comments:

  1. I remember spring being a very short season in Ontario. Glad you're stretching it out!

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  2. I really like that water feature.

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  3. ...looks as though the tulips are thinning out, too bad!

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  4. enjoy the blooming tree. is that a metal sculpture or tree? neat-O! ( ;

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  5. How lovely to have this oasis in the city.

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  6. Have you ever monitored how much you walk a day? Seems you go many miles to get these great photos.

    Janis
    GDP

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  7. Hello, the water feature is pretty. I love the tulips! The blooming tree is beautiful too. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. @Halcyon: it is still quite spring like today.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Tom: these beds are never densely planted, and it is possible they leave the bulbs in over the summer while other plants blossom.

    @Beth: looks like both, doesn't it?

    @Jenny: it is.

    @Janis: some days I walk more than others, but Ithink I always get 3 kilometres in.

    @Eileen: thanks!

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  9. You do get around, my friend. And there's so much to see. Glad to note the Lutherans got their tulips in, too! :)

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  10. Another enjoyable series of photos William, thank you!

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  11. The Garden of provinces and territories makes good sense. The location adds to the beauty.

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  12. Lovely series, William! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. What a fabulous idea! Welcome the Provincials, and remind the Federals WHY they do what they do and for whom. Nice, Canada

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  14. Beautiful photo of St.Peter's and love the blossoming tree with pink flowers.

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  15. The blooms on that tree are gorgeous.

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  16. It's a pretty time of year there!

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  17. What a beautiful city Ottawa is. A truly nice sight for both the locals and tourists.

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  18. @Lowell: I may be at both of these churches at some point over the weekend- they're both participating in Doors Open.

    @Denise: you're welcome!

    @Red: it does indeed.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Cloudia: definitely.

    @Nancy: me too.

    @Sharon: they are indeed.

    @RedPat: it is!

    @Bill: it's a good place to live.

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  19. The tree is just fantastic!

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  20. I like the flowers tree. It's so beautiful.
    It's nice to walk around your city.

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  21. The water feature looks interesting.
    The blossom is just gorgeous.

    All the best Jan

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  22. Vivid colors seem to make tulips stand out. The flowering tree wins hands down.

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  23. These are very nice gardens but it sure highlights how spectacular the tulips around Dow's Lake are. The blossoming trees are gorgeous.

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  24. This is a lovely look at your part of the world. I do enjoy them :)

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  25. How much longer will the tulips last?

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  26. I can smell spring from your pictures.

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  27. The floral shots compliment the architecture so well William, the blossoms are too pretty!

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