Photo Tour: May Views in the Gardens
By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens
I had the occasion to visit RBG on May 19, 2020 to speak to CHCH Morning Live and took the opportunity to explore what was happening in the gardens. Since we are all yearning to get back in the gardens, I want to share some highlights from this rare visit.
In the Arboretum, the Magnolia Collection is at peak bloom, although it did suffer some frost damage to emerging petals and unopened flower buds. The Redbuds are budding up with the first few flowers opening. Late flowering cherries are in flower, and crabapples will be starting within weeks. Lots of interest was found in the Synoptic Shrub Collection.
At Rock Garden, many of the spring bulbs including daffodils are still looking great. Early flowering perennials like moss phlox, lungwort, and barrenwort were in full flower. Many maples were looking glorious and the iconic Saucer Magnolia was in its flowering prime.
At Laking Garden, it was great to see the plentiful spring flowering bulbs and the emerging foliage of peonies, clematis and hostas. Newly planted trees are starting to leaf out and the fruit orchard was looking fruitful.
I hope this brief virtual tour of a few RBG spaces and plants has helped to connect you to the gardens. Be well and safe and please know that the plants and gardens are doing well and look forward to seeing you all in the future.