Riley Park

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  1. Lisa L

    Lisa L Well-Known Member

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    And thanks for the Umineko ID. there are so many different Cherry trees within a 4 block radius! I will make a note in my ID book
     
  2. Laura Blumenthal

    Laura Blumenthal Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Janice
    When you say the 33rd Ave. entrance to QE Park, what are you referring to? There is an entrance on Midlothian, which is the continuation of 33rd, and there is one on the west side of the park from 33rd. Maybe that's what you meant.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Janice meant the entrance on 33rd, the trees near where Alex Downie always starts his walk and the location of the showy collection of 'Akebono' trees. It's the only 'Somei-yoshino' on the map in QE Park.
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    Lisa Lennie's photo from 2021 is at https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/riley-park.36464/page-11#post-405907.
    It was looking much better in 2017: https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/riley-park.36464/page-6#post-354859.
     
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    Laura Blumenthal Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I don't know who Alex Downie is. Is the answer to my question the west side of QE Park?
     
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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Laura, it's near the main parking lot entrance at W. 33rd, off Cambie Street, as Queen Elizabeth Park's official address is 4600 Cambie Street. That is indeed the west side.

    The Midlothian entry is off E. 33rd and Ontario Street.

    If this is Lisa's "grande dame" Somei-Yoshino #271, under which the hanami gatherings used to take place, Janice is giving disturbing news.
     
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    Laura Blumenthal Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thank you, Anne.
     
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    I fear it is the same tree. It was looking sad last month when we were wandering around QE, but I was hopeful it would still put out its show as it has done every year.....lets hope it is just cold and will perk up when the weather warms up.
     
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    Alex Downie gives amazing tree talks and walks at QE for the VCBF.....and it looks like he retired from his position at VPB last June. Congratulations Alex!

    I took a tree id course that he gave at VD...probably in the late 1980's

    The following from a VPB June 2022 report: (https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2022/20220606/REPORT-GeneralManagersReport-20220607.pdf)

    Retirement –Alex Downie, Manager of Park Operations
    Alex began his career with Park Board in 1985 as a Botanical Technician at VanDusen Botanical Garden where he created their first computerized plant records and mapping system. In 1993, Alex became Supervisor of Bloedel Conservatory where he greatly expanded the bird collection and developed an interpretive program for students and visitors. In 2001, Alex’s role grew to include supervision of Queen Elizabeth Park. During his tenure the QE Park Plaza was renewed, view corridors from the top of the park restored, and the arboretum enhanced with new plantings. Alex was instrumental in the effort to save the Bloedel Conservatory from closure after the 2010 Winter Olympics.In 2012, Alex moved to Evans Yard to take charge of Neighbourhood Parks and Street Horticulture. In 2016,he assumed the role of Operations Manager, overseeing various portfolios including Urban Forestry, Buildings and Structures Maintenance, Park Experience, Specialty Parks, and Fleet Operations.Throughout his career, Alex supported and fostered the proud horticultural legacy of the Park Board. He is a keen gardener and passionate plantsman, known as the ‘go-to’ person to identify that mystery tree or shrub, while telling you where it’s from and how to grow it. Many may not know, but Alex is an instructor for the VanDusen Master Gardeners Advanced Training program, and co-authored “The Woodland Garden”, a book on designing and creating naturalistic garden spaces. Instead of slowing down in retirement, Alex will be doing a lot of travelling with his wife Barbara. His plans include spending more time with family and friends, while enjoying his gardening and classic car hobbies.
     
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    Laura Blumenthal Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The beautiful, huge 'Umineko' trees on St. George from E. 30th to E. 31st are in full, magnificent bloom now. Three on the west side and one on the east side of St. George.
    Taken from 31st Ave.:
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    Taken from 30th Ave., looking south towards the cemetery, which you can see in the background:
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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    The "Big Mountain Cherry" just off the W. 33rd parking area in Queen Elizabeth Park is past peak bloom at April 21, 2023.
    The O-yama-zakura blooming seems to get sparser every year, while the 'Rancho' cultivar of Prunus sargentii seems to get better.

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    The two 'Shirotae' trees across from the Duck Pond in Queen Elizabeth Park are starting their bloom at April 21, 2023.

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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    The 'Umineko' trees by the Duck Pond in Queen Elizabeth Park are at peak bloom on April 21, 2023.

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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I hope it is not too distressing for Lisa, but this is what the 'Somei-Yoshino' tree looked like at April 21, 2023, surrounded by a circle of flourishing 'Akebono.' Although it does have some green buds, they don't look too promising, so it's best not to get our hopes up too high.

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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Since this tree is holding up the single 'Takasago' flag for Riley Park, we better include it. From a distance, the tree doesn't look too bad for a 'Takasago,' and the blossoms always shine. On the south side of Talisman, west of Dinmont, it is in full bloom at April 21, 2023.

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Those buds looked just like that on April 10. It should have been in full bloom at that time, considering how far along the 'Akebono' flowers were. Poor thing.
     
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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    VanDusen's mature 'Somei-Yoshino' on the Rhododendron Walk, has also suffered this year. There were blossoms on half the tree, so it doesn't look as bad as the one at Queen Elizabeth Park, nevertheless it still looks half-dead. It was too pitiful to be included on the walks for Sakura Days.
     
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    oh no.....
     
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    I did point it out to visitors yesterday! they were asking about the graft.....
     
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    Well, I've gone back and forth on this. I was pretty sure it was a 'Somei-Yoshino', but then I began to doubt myself because of the timing. It doesn't quite look like 'Umineko', though, so I'm going to need some help. Location: Right across Ontario bikeway from Nat Bailey Stadium - in Riley Park, where the winter farmer's market is held. Note that it was also full of bees today.
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I think it is 'Umineko'. Is it the same as in the posting at https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/riley-park.36464/#post-135667?
    On the map Search at Neighbourhood Maps (vcbf.ca) where it says By ID, put it 1540. Is that the same location?
    The tree has spread out in its old age, but the branch ends facing us seem to be facing up rather than drooping, which I see as an 'Umineko' characteristic.
    Do you want your deleted posting restored?
     
  22. Laura Blumenthal

    Laura Blumenthal Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It's very hard to tell if this is the same location, as the community centre that once stood in that park is gone (replaced by the big one across Ontario). I'll be back there on Wednesday and will let you know if there is another large tree like this in the same park.
    Note: Anne's description puts it on Ontario Street, which is where this one is, but the map puts it a bit further into the park.
    As for the deleted post, it's not necessary - I knew you would let me know if I was on the right track or not. Do you want me to rename the photos?
     
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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    They are the 'Umineko' trees at Riley Park playground. See my posts from 2021, 2022.
    #285, #317
     
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    Anne Eng Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Here is the link to Post #317.

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Probably no need; it's not a festival favourite location, so I won't be using it. There isn't a search on photo names.
    Or maybe it should be a festival favourite? We have nine 'Umineko' festival favourites, of which three are in Riley Park and two of them are already on the festival Blooming Now page. Hmm. Photogenic trees at a nice location. I made it a festival favourite, but no more 'Umineko' on the festival page this year.
     

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