A sunny Mother’s Day afternoon at the The Royal Botanical Garden’s Arboretum.
On Mother’s Day I hopped on the Go Train to visit my dearest mother in Burlington, Ontario – my hometown. Spring had FINALLY arrived, and the sun was shining (a rare occurrence in Ontario this Spring). To take advantage of the beautiful weather, we decided to visit The Royal Botanical Garden’s (RBG) Arboretum.
The RBG has four distinct formal gardens contained within 1100 hectares of a nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. The Gardens change with the seasons, so no two visits are quite the same. Each garden showcases different plants, trees, and flowers, so the blooms appear at different times throughout the spring and summer. Each May, The Arboretum hogs my attention with gorgeous cherry blossoms, magnolias and lilacs.
If you want to see the spring blossoms, you need to be paying attention! The peak bloom period only last for a few days, so as soon as there is a hint of blooms, cancel all your plans and make a bee-line for the gardens. While magnolias are exceptionally magnificent, I have always had a soft spot for cherry blossoms with their delicate branches and popcorn like puffs of pink petals. My love of cherry blossoms flourished during my time in Japan during the Sakura Festival.
The Arboretum has much more to offer than just pretty blossoms. There is a great walking trail and oodles of wildlife, wild flowers and native plants to discover. My parents own a season pass to the RBG, so I have grown up walking their trails and have become quite fond of the area.Here are some photographs that I took on this exceptionally beautiful day.
The trail was lined with trees full of birds singing sweet melody’s during our walk – no need for an iPod here:
At the marsh, there was a orchestra of frogs croaking:
I hope that everyone had a lovely Mother’s day! I know I did.