Under Golden Chains, On The Laburnum Walk, VanDusen Botanical Garden

June 20, 2014 — 4 Comments

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.

Golden Chain Trees Flowers VanDusen Garden Vancouver Canada


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.

Golden Chain Tree Laburnum VanDusen Garden Vancouver Canada


Let’s step back and look at a mature Golden Chain Tree at the beginning of the walk.

Golden Chain Trees Laburnum VanDusen Gardens Vancouver BC


The entrance to the Laburnum Walk is quite amazing.

Golden Chain Trees Laburnum VanDusen Garden Vancouver


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.

Laburnum Golden Chain Trees VanDeusen Botanical Garden Vancouver


Alliums providing a nice contrast in colour, as I looked in the distance to another Golden Chain Tree.

Golden Chain Laburnum VanDusen Garden Vancouver


 Let’s continue walking….

Laburnum Golden Chain Tree VanDusen Garden Vancouver Canada



Laburnum Walk Golden Chain Trees VanDusen Botanical Garden Vancouver


The walk was very popular with locals and tourists. I had to wait many minutes to get some of these photos.

Laburnum Walk Golden Chain Trees VanDusen Gardens Vancouver


A look to the Rose Garden which would soon be bursting with its own colours.

Golden Chain Trees Rose Garden VanDusen Vancouver



Golden Chain Tree VanDusen Gardens Vancouver


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.

Golden Chain Tree Laburnum Walk VanDusen Gardens Vancouver



Golden Chain Tree Flowers VanDusen Gardens Vancouver


 One last look before saying goodbye.

Laburnum Walk Golden Chain Tree VanDusen Garden Vancouver


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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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


4 responses to Under Golden Chains, On The Laburnum Walk, VanDusen Botanical Garden

  1. Absolutely breathtaking Randall…another hit! Speaking of *hits* I do not hear your music in the background here..Maybe next time, have a fabulous day, mon ami 🙂

    • I was amazed by the beauty of the gardens and the walk. I think I’ll have one more post with the Rhododendron walk. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  2. Oh I now hear the music now, after I posted my comment. I get it it’s my prize for commenting. ♪ ♫ Cool! ♪

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