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Wander down an alley of trees.


student built a root cellar to store crops, today it is used for equipment and bulbs, but it is an interesting part of this garden’s past. The iconic tulip tree


Late May to June, visitors can expe-


rience one of southern Ontario’s giant trees in full bloom. The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) or lily tree burst into bloom with yellow-green and orange flowers at this time. Carolinian Canada is an area of southern Ontario that contains several unique deciduous trees. The Great Lakes create a more temperate climate, the Carolinian zone, where indicator trees such as this grow. Other trees found in this zone include the cucumber magnolia, flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), paw paw (Asiminia triloba), black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) and sassafras (Sassafras albi- dum), all of which can be found in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The botanical gardens are a part of


the Niagara Garden Trail, a collection of parks which include Oakes Garden Theatre, the Floral Showhouse, Queen Victoria Park and the Floral Clock. x A traditional parterre garden.


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