With the rainy season finally arriving in North Side, the plants at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Parks are benefiting from the precipitation.
The park offers guided tours, which are a great way to visit the 65-acre grounds and enjoy the flora, on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.
The informative tours, which run from one-and-a-half to two hours, are guided by a park gardener. Medicinal plants, the heritage garden, traditional fruit trees and their uses are discussed first. The visitors then move into the color garden, viewing each section from pink, red, orange, yellow, white, blues and various shades of purple foliage and flowers among the native and exotic flora.
“Time permitting, the tour may extend down by the lakeside and return along the woodland trail to view some of the ecosystems and native flora that are present in the Botanic Park, returning back into the Visitor Center,” said park manager John Lawrus.
Tour price is $15 and includes admission. The park offers reduced admission of $5 for residents (with proof of ID). There is no charge for those over 60.