Today was the second of two days that focused on lectures and various topic presentations. It was another sunny day in Vancouver with temperatures around 78 degrees F or so. I was able to walk around town a bit during the breaks and this evening for dinner. Tomorrow is another day of tours to nurseries (4), home gardens (4) and botanical gardens (2). I visited both of these botanic gardens (Van Dusen and the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden) over 13 years ago and am looking forward to a return visit. The talks today were good and some were very inspirational. A couple of the plant talks unfortunately were more relevant for those in warmer climates but I still found them interesting as I don't tire of seeing plants. A plant breeder from Germany showed some neat lady slipper orchid (Cypripedium) hybrids that I'd like to get my hands on as they are hardy and quite colorful. Because I didn't take many photos today, I've included some of my "odd and interesting" shots over the last couple of days. Above is an interesting wall mounted structure at the Gardens of the Pacific on the Tuesday visit. That is a bit scary. Most shots below have a caption and some of my observations regarding Vancouver are at the bottom.
turtle balanced and basking
another rogue gnome at the Government House garden
mussels? clinging to bridge supports that see a significant tide every night - all of the docks have to float up and down at least 15'
saw lots of these...essentially you're charged by time and mileage (fuel efficient) but averages about $75 per day and they can be dropped off at approved lots
check out the yew (Taxus) hedge with the interesting "peak thru" gap
same as above
sign near bridge at one of the nurseries
saw lots of interesting metal garden art like this...
cool Sempervivum lizard at Minter Gardens
30' tall metal sculpture (emitting misty water vapor) in Minter Gardens children's garden
cool log carving at Minter Gardens