Larry Hodgson

Larry Hodgson

Spring in the Gardens

After what has been a very long winter for many Canadians, spring is finally well on its way. Tree buds are swelling, spring bulbs are bursting into bloom and there is a scent of spring in the air, but are you missing it? You just can’t soak up the earthy, greeny smells of spring from your armchair: you’ve got to get outdoors. And why not do so in one of Canada’s public gardens?

Some of them have been open all year, notably those in milder climates and those with public greenhouses, but others are sweeping off their paths as we speak, getting ready for their first visitors of the season. Check and see when the gardens nearest you open and make sure you’re among the first to welcome the new season.

Of course, gardens are never more colourful than in the spring, with thousands of bulbs in bloom in every colour of the rainbow and flowering trees and shrubs bursting into flower. Expect serviceberries, forsythias and magnolias in earliest spring, then the fruit trees – crabapples, cherries, plums, etc. – at bit later, then the azaleas, rhododendrons and lilacs and so much more. The blooms just keep coming and the gardens only get more beautiful from week to week. You won’t want to miss any of it.

So, here’s a challenge for you. Why not plan a visit to your local public garden not just once this spring, but every two weeks? The more you visit, the more you’ll discover. And the more you discover, the more you’ll want to come back again.

Have the nicest of spring visits!

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