Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Arboretum

On Friday, we had to go into the city, so we excused ourselves from meeting Danica at the bus after school and did some sightseeing. I have already posted some photos from the Gardens that are part of the Central Experimental Farm, but first we visited the Arboretum which are also part of the Farm. It was not what we expected, but we were pleased and impressed.

I think what we expected was a nursery type of area with rows of various kinds of trees that were all tagged and identified. What we found, however, were beautiful park-like grounds nestling beside Dows Lake, which is part of the Rideau Canal system.

Parking was very limited, so I don't know if the area gets used and appreciated nearly as much as it should.

There are a lot of photos below, so I will keep them small. Of course you know that with these newer templates, you can click one photo, see it larger, and then click to the next in sort of a slideshow. You do know that, right?

There was a swampy, reedy area where, as expected, red wing blackbirds were plentiful. At times like this one could wish for a mighty telephoto lens and tripod, but one makes do.

There were several spots where wild, yellow Irises were growing by the shore of the lake.

Of course, the most beautiful part of the park was ...


Donna said...

Oh My! This makes Our arboretum look tiny! Beautiful!!

Hilary said...

Awww you big ole romantic, you.

Murr Brewster said...

I'm a total sucker for that sweet talk. Even if it isn't directed at me.

Lorna said...

I had the last picnic of the year last year in the gardens across the street from there and it was glorious! However the most beautiful thing at our picnic was quiche.

Betty Manousos said...

wow! i'm a total sucker for that sweet talk, too.

just beautiful!
...and thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!:))
i totally enjoyed them.

Pearl said...


Ruth said...

Glad you got to visit it. You could rent one of the bikes at Dow's Lake and pedal through the upper and lower parts of the farm and park. (And then go to a cafe in Little Italy!) Every season has new views here.