Sunday, July 3, 2022

A Summer Day In The Canadian Gardens

 Each season I document the Landscapes of Canada Gardens, on the west side of the property at the Canadian Museum of Nature. In late June I came by to do so, and the blossoms of this tree caught my eye.

The Gardens are organized by four distinct ecosystems, featuring plants, grasses, flowers, bushes, and trees from those ecosystems. It starts out with Boreal Forest, which covers a vast swath of the country, and which features everything from large conifer trees to small low lying plants. Some of them are found here.

Along the inner ring of the path, information plates are set up.

Prairie Grassland is the next, and the various grasses and flowers of that western landscape grow well here.

The path is straddled by an iceberg sculpture by the late Canadian artist and inventor Bill Lishman.

Taken from the sidewalk, this features the next ecosystem. Among the rocks on this side of the path are plants found in the Arctic Tundra.

Back to the path proper. All of that yellow in the Prairie Grassland caught my eye.

More of the information plates, one for Arctic Tundra and one for Mammoth Steppe.

Plants that were around in the time of the mammoths and are still around today grow well around a set of statues of a mammoth family. In the background, the Queens Lantern contains a model of the Moon.

Over at the east end of the property, this statue pair features a mother and baby dinosaur of the chasmosaurus irvinensis species.


  1. Love the first tree which appears to resemble a Catalpa.

  2. ...the white catalpa flowers were beautiful here this year too.

  3. Hello,
    Nice walk, pretty flowers and I love the Mammoth family. Take care, have a happy new week!

  4. I hope we can protect our boreal forest. It is facing myriad threats right now.

  5. It's a lovely post. I quite like that spot. The catalpa tree, your first photo, is the best. Ours are in bloom.
    (ツ) from Jenn Jilks , ON, Canada!

  6. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Rosemary: that appears to be what it is.

    @Tom: thanks for identifying it.

    @Joan: and these grow long.

    @Iris: they're a good pair.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: I agree.

    @Jennifer: I hadn't known the type.

  7. The 1st pic is my favourite of the day!

  8. I like the look of that building.

  9. The clock keeps turning and the seasons keep on churning.

  10. Those gardens are such a good idea.

  11. Buena idea pasear por los jardines en verano, algo de frescor proporcionará. Me encantan las esculturas que hay en él.

  12. Beautiful sculptures. The iceberg sculpture is my favorite.

  13. I do like the blossom in your first photograph, and the sculptures are amazing.

    All the best Jan

  14. I applaud the prairie grasslands. How much are left in Canada? Here they are gone, and not to be replaced. As important as the grasses above the soil were the intertwined roots below. Their loss to homesteading caused the dust bowl.

  15. @Magiceye: thanks.

    @Marie: me too.

    @Anvilcloud: true!

    @DJan: they are.

    @RedPat: indeed.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Bill: it's dramatic.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Joanne: I'm quite familiar with the history of the Dust Bowl. Vast areas of the plains should have never been put to the plow. They were perfectly fine as they were. But what happened with the Bowl was an extreme version of that.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @Jan: I do too.

    @Mystelios: thanks.