The Annual Garden Tour date for 2016 has been moved ahead to the first Sunday in June, the 5th.
Due to the late spring and cooler than usual weather, the BRGSC members decided that an additional week of warmth would allow the rhododendrons a bit more time to look their best.
Here are a few photos of rhododendrons in bloom at the Gardens last week, and sent in by David Culham (Thank you, David!)
As well, Para Kanp, head gardener, sends this update on the state of the blooms today.
"This week is the best week for blooms this year.
The big leaf Rhodes and Jolie Madams are in bloom.
The former Lily Bed [East Garden, visible from Lakeshore Road West] is having its best show ever.
Don't miss it. Once it's gone, it's gone."
Here are David's pictures* with dates included on the images. The images speak for themselves.
|Red Rhodo and Buds|
|Mauve 'snowball' Flowers|
|Pale Pink to White Bloom on Rhodo|
|Vibrant Lilac-Pink Blooms|
|Glowing Deep Mauve Rhodo|
|Hillside Gardens with Japanese Cherries and Mauve Rhodos|
|Pale Pink Rhodos|
|Vibrant Yellow Rhodo coming into Bloom.|
Last week, while working in the Gardens on a rainy day, we noticed how many rhododendrons and azaleas were still full of buds yet to open, due to the cooler, wetter spring weather this year.
Thanks to Para for letting us know many buds opened with the warmer weather a few days ago.
With cooler, sunny weather forecast for the next week, this year's peak blooming season has been extended well into June.
Do come out and walk the trails to admire this festival of color this year. Be sure to bring your camera!
*All images copyright and courtesy of David J Culham.