Each season I like to feature the Landscapes Of Canada Gardens, on the west side of the property at the Canadian Museum of Nature, as it looks in different conditions. This past Saturday morning I came back to do so. The Gardens present four distinct ecosystems with plants from each along the pathway. From this point of view, with the Gothic castle of the Museum in the background, we're at the Boreal Forest portion, with trees and shrubs planted here.
Those plants that shed their leaves each fall are just starting to wake up.
A large steel sculpture spans the pathway, depicting an iceberg.
From the sidewalk, this view takes in the Museum, the iceberg, and the combination of rocks and plants that constitute the next zone, the Arctic Tundra.
Back on the path, this shows Prairie Grassland, another zone in the Gardens. These grasses will grow long over the summer.
Some plants and shrubs, such as these in the Arctic Tundra section, are greening up quickly now.
The last of the four zones is on the left. Mammoth Steppe features a family of three woolly mammoths as a sculpture set. Around them are plants that they would have been familiar with at the end of the last Ice Age, and which still exist today. Tomorrow we start looking at some winter to spring transitions.