I love green. Its my favorite color. In fact, I have a green backpack that I take with me on my travels. I even live in the evergreen state. Green is neutral and calming. I associate it with Earth’s amazing places like forests and gardens which allows me to naturally relax around it.
And one of my favorite free places to view the greenery is Vancouver British Columbia’s beautiful public gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park. These gardens are artistically terraced among the rocky backdrop and features bridges, ponds, fountains, and waterfalls along with all the plant life. It is situated in an old quarry which adds to its charm. During the summer and spring months, the park is blooming in an ever changing array of colorful and bountiful flowers. But I like it best when there’s just an abundance of green. So thankfully, in the fall and winter months, this park shows off that green I love so much.
At the bottom near the entrance, there are a number of open green spaces where you can set up a picnic and center to it all is a duck pond which actually have several resident ducks eagerly waiting for food from generous on lookers. Along these green spaces are pathways through the trees that lead to the gardens above. These paths do slope upwards and may require some effort. Marisa in the photo below is always happy to help others with the walk up. I usually start my trip to the gardens down here, if not for a picnic, then just to see these adorable ducks. Oh, and did I mention parking is easier here? Its worth it to park and walk up to the gardens.
At the very top of the park is the Bloedel Conservatory, which is in a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. There are a lot of noisy birds in there, even some talking parrots. The environment inside is artificial with lots of green tropical plants as well as flowering orchids. Since it is a solarium, its quite humid inside compared to the outside temperatures. Be aware of this as you will surely sweat. If you are not into the birds, like me, they also have a gift shop in there that you can visit. There is a small admission fee to go inside the conservatory, and its worth walking in there on one of those interminably rainy and miserable days in Vancouver.
But the sun does come out, too.
Queen Elizabeth Park is the city’s public gardens and sits at the highest point within the city of Vancouver. It is 501 feet (152 meters) above sea level. From here you have a magnificent view of the city skyline, mountain ranges, and the north shore. Personally, I think the view is best when there is still some snow in the mountains. And you can usually get that view in the fall and winter months, just in time to see all the greenery.
I love these gardens when they are truly green, but I have no doubt you’ll like them at any time of the year.
I love these gardens when they are truly green, but I have no doubt you’ll like them at any time of the year.Greenery at Queen Elizabeth Park