Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Summer Day Within The Landscapes Of Canada Garden

I wanted to pay a summer visit to the Landscapes of Canada Garden at the Canadian Museum of Nature, so I stopped by one fine day in the middle of the month. Plants from the boreal forest, the Prairie grasslands, the Arctic tundra, and the mammoth steppe have been growing here on the west side of the property, first opened last year. It starts with the plants and trees of a boreal woodland, each of which is marked, such as the ostrich fern in the second shot.

Prairie grassland is a mix of grasses and wildflowers. It's taken awhile for real growth to show up this year, perhaps because of a very rainy season, but heat has helped.

Arctic tundra is characterized by plants among slabs of rocks, plants which are thriving at the moment. The iceberg sculpture is among this area.

This plant is in the Mammoth Steppe area. It's common yarrow, otherwise called Asteraceae. The family of mammoths stand nearby, guarding the approach to the museum. They've been moved from their original position, which stood close to where the iceberg is now, but it's a good spot for them.


  1. It's nice to see that the plants are getting well established. I'd guess that they'll really take off in another year or two.

  2. Wonderful garden the house looks like some Scottish castle

  3. ...a nice place to take a stroll, thanks for taking me along.

  4. I would have loved to have seen a mammoth roaming the earth.


  5. The Museum and gardens have something to capture everyone's imagination! I like the last shot William where you can see how the new section of the museum works so well with the original.

  6. @Kay: last year was hot and dry. The grasses grew like mad. The plants are establishing themselves well as a whole.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Bill: the architect certainly wanted it that way.

    @Marianne: it does look the part.

    @Marleen: me too.

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Janis: me too!

    @Grace: thanks!

  7. Hello, a lovely garden and visit. I like the sculptures too, the mammoth is cool. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  8. Another great place to visit, thanks for taking us along!

  9. Beautiful! I like seeing the mammoth family.

  10. I was wondering how the prairie plants would do with all the rain you've had. Now I know!

  11. Beautiful looking garden, and lovely photos.

  12. walking. nice & quiet times. peaceful. ( :

  13. @Eileen: I enjoy coming here.

    @Halcyon: you're welcome!

    @Lois: I do too. I once got a comment here from a relative of the person who erected the mammoths in the first place. They've been moved somewhat from their original position, but still in a good spot.

    @Red: yes, the rain put quite a damper on their growth, especially the grass. Not so much the prairie flowers.

    @Blogoratti: thank you!

    @Beth: peaceful indeed.

  14. This place is so unique with so much to see.

  15. I have to applaud the creators of all these Canadian displays in this your 150 anniversary year

  16. You've shown us many wonderful sights this summer, this one included.
    I enjoyed my visit very much, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  17. It has been a strange year for plant life - so much rain and no real heat! Looks like a fascinating place, William.

  18. i love strolling through gardens like this....the wooly mammoths are super!

  19. A wonderful garden and an impressive looking castle.

  20. @Cloudia: very cool!

    @Sharon: it is!

    @Christine: me too.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: it has been quite a weird summer.

    @Tanya: they are indeed.

    @Bill: I agree!

  21. William, you forgot the personalized engraved pavers in the Arctic Tundra section of the gardens. A unique opportunity to commemorate our beautiful country’s 150th Birthday, honor a loved one, be part of an exciting public space and show your love for nature.

  22. Reminds me of our U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C.

  23. Looks like a great place to take a stroll!

  24. @Mari: it is!

    @Linda: I agree!

    @Stephanie: I'll have to photograph those when I do a fall edition of this.

    @Revrunner: I'd like to see that.

    @Jennifer: I enjoy this museum.

    @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Klara: definitely!