One of my recent fond memories was a Mother’s Day about six years ago that I spent with my late mother at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. I always enjoy visiting gardens in Springtime, but on that particular day, we witnessed something that we both had never seen — the beautiful Laburnum Walk with the Golden Chain Trees in full bloom. My mother and I were fascinated as we had only seen individual trees, and, although beautiful on their own, nothing could come close to what we saw that day.
With the onset of Spring and the odd Golden Chain Tree coming alive with their bright yellow blooms along the streets of Vancouver, a few weeks ago, I made another visit to the VanDusen Botanical Garden. I had returned since the aforementioned visit in the summer, but mid-Spring is still my favourite with the Rhododendron, Azaleas, Alliums, late tulips, early roses, and many other plants providing a vast array of colours.
A little warning: if you don’t like yellow flowers then you probably won’t enjoy this post. Now let’s visit the Laburnum Walk in the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Golden Chain is the common name for Laburnum, a genus of the pea family.
The walk at VanDusen is split between mature and much younger Golden Chain Trees. Each has their own beauty. These younger trees have a profusion of blooms from the lower branches.
Let’s step back and look at a mature Golden Chain Tree at the beginning of the walk.
The entrance to the Laburnum Walk is quite amazing.
Laburnum has become quite popular in gardens for those who desire some Spring colour. The tree blooms for only two to three weeks, and that time can be lessened depending on extremely warm or cold weather. One Laburnum species is native to mountains of Southern Europe. I couldn’t imagine what a mountainside covered in these trees looks like.
Alliums providing a nice contrast in colour, as I looked in the distance to another Golden Chain Tree.
Let’s continue walking….
The walk was very popular with locals and tourists. I had to wait many minutes to get some of these photos.
A look to the Rose Garden which would soon be bursting with its own colours.
Laburnum is extremely toxic to people and animals. Symptoms of poisoning range from sleepiness to a coma. Extreme sickness is likely and death is possible, so I wouldn’t recommend adding the lovely flowers to your dinner salad! The wood was once used for instruments including bagpipes and flutes, and for cabinet making.
One last look before saying goodbye.
The Laburnum Walk is short but I recommend strolling through at least twice and taking your time before visiting other areas of the garden. Come back just before you leave the garden for possibly different lighting. For more information on the VanDusen Botanical Garden, please check their website, vandusengarden.org. I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for your time.
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