The most heaven-like place in Canada I have ever been is the Lilac Dell at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.
Officially known as the Katie Osborne Lilac Collection, there are nearly 800 trees and shrubs of varying sizes and ages planted amid a gently-rolling landscape. The scent is captured in the shallow valleys is exquisite. The colours — white, pink, multiple shades of lilac and mauve and deep purple — pop against the verdant fresh spring grass.The first time I visited, it was a gently warm spring day, the sky was blue, and I never wanted to leave that blissful place.
Canada’s groomed landscapes and gardens do not have the age of their European or Asian counterparts, although many of Canada’s great gardens are influenced by both forms. The following gardens are my favourites of those I’ve visited in the country. What others would you add?
Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island
Eldon House Gardens, London, Ontario
Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto, Ontario
Montreal Botanical Gardens, Quebec
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Nova Scotia
Main photo: John Lederman, The Lilac Dell, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario