Friday, 17 July 2015

Open Spaces in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. How does your garden grow?

Last week I blogged about Catherine's garden in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This week I want to showcase all the open space, garden centres and Botanical Gardens in her local area.

Having lived in South Africa for 4 years, despite there being more open space than you can ever imagine, there are very few places you can actually get out of the car, go for a walk, picnic or just sit and take in the view. Despite most of the animals being in reserves, there are still snakes and the chance of escaped animals.

There are of course Botanical Gardens in South Africa, but most involve a considerable drive and with outdoor space being limited, are often over crowded and double up as venues for events are often closed early or are used for private functions.

Of course living in Dubai, everything is very beige, there are splashes of colour but the flowers need an awful lot of water and it is certainly worth a visit or two to Miracle Gardens.

The variety of plants here and the style of gardens remind me a lot of the gardens back in the UK. Open plan at the front, with a driveway and path to the front door and fenced at the back. Hanging baskets, troughs, borders etc. There are a few differences though, not many houses in the UK have veranda's though and the Canadians call their gardens 'yards' which has a totally different meaning to the UK.

I noticed an abundance of flowers and open green spaces in and around Hamilton. I was also surprised to see as much Nature in the City of Toronto which features in another post.




Sam Lawrence Park










Royal Botanical Gardens

















Garden Centres





Coots Paradise, Princess Point, Lake Ontario



Niagara Falls












The Waterfront, Hamilton



View from Bruce Trail


Steps at Bruce Trail


 Immigration Square, Hamilton



Gore Park, Hamilton


12 comments:

  1. I bet you must have been tempted to buy something in that garden centre! It must have felt slightly strange to have so much greenery around you compared to Dubai.

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    1. I found it difficult not to buy plants, i had itchy palms

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  2. So lovely in Canada - visiting Catherine has been on my wish list for a couple of years now. One day, one day!
    It's all so lush and green there, reminds me of here a lot - did you have a good time?

    Thank you for joining in and sharing these x

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    1. Canada is lovely and so very green due to all the bloody water they have there

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  3. ah so many gorgeous flowers and plants. how lovely!

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  4. What a gorgeous place. When I was 6 years old we visited family friends in Hamilton, seeing your photos has taken me right back to our Niagara Falls trip!

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    1. i'd love to explore more of Canada

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  5. Beautiful place, love the array of colours :)

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    1. it was very green and very bright everywhere I went

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  6. Oh how beautiful and colourful! Always lovely to see the gardens of another country

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    1. we don't see much greenery in Dubai so it was eyes everywhere

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