Nature’s Summer Here Soon Hamilton
Thursday March 2012
The Skunk Cabbage in bloom in the Hendrie Valley and along the Capt. Cootes Trail on Friday the 17. It is the earliest date that I have found the plant in bloom and it was probably blooming a day or more before. There was nothing else new for the year but the cultivated Fragrant Virburnum ‘Album’ was new for the month. It had a few blooms in January but they were frozen so this was it’s second attempt. Very few blossoms were evident so the peak bloom will probably be later. In all I found 6 native or naturalized blooms and 10 cultivated species in bloom.
is an historic chateau built to house Sir Allan MacNab, later prime minister of the united Province of Canada between 1845 and 1856.
He hired architect Robert Wetherall and construction of this stately home was completed in 1835. It became the property of the City of Hamilton, and in the late 1960s, it was restored as a Centennial project. It is now designated as a National Historic Site.
It operates as a civic museum, and its grounds house other attractions. Dundurn Park, and associated green spaces, is a favourite for wedding portraits. The Hamilton Military Museum is housed in an outbuilding which was relocated when York Street was widened as York Boulevard in the 1970s. Another outbuilding, the Cockpit Theatre, occasionally housed outdoor events and dramas.
Operating Hours Victoria to Labour Day: Daily 10 am – 4 pm Labour Day to Victoria Day: Open Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm. The admission prices is $10 and also includes a ticket to the Hamilton Military Museum.
Doug Worrall Photographer