Update: Ice Storm 2013

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Director of horticulture Paul Zammit was in the garden today surveying the damage from the recent ice storm that hit Toronto. Here are his notes:

  • One of the beehives is spared from a falling limb of the nearby Japanese Pagodatree, Styphnolobium japonicum (aka Sophora japonica). A nearby young redbud, Cercis canadensis, braced the falling branch. The branch has since been removed.
  • The Japanese Pagodatree, Styphnolobium japonicum (Sophora japonica) lost a number of large branches and will require some careful, skilled and expensive pruning.
  • Awaiting an arborist to access the damage to some other trees to determine if the trees can be saved once the damaged limbs are removed.
  • More branches down in the woodland walk.
  • Some of the large willows we have admired in Edwards Gardens have not fared so well.
  • Despite the damage there are many picturesque moments throughout. Please use caution when walking through the gardens and park.
  • Hoping for some warmer temperatures soon.