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Campus in bloom

  • Daffodils and forsythia at Summerhill
    Daffodils and forsythia add some colour at Summerhill. The site has a number of gardens and overlooks the Snodgrass Arboretum. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Cherry blossoms
    There are a number of cherry blossom trees on campus, including one located near Summerhill that was planted in memory of Japan’s Prince Takamodo, who studied at Queen’s and passed away in 2002 at the age of 48. Other trees are located in the courtyard between Macdonald Hall and Mackintosh-Corry Hall. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Daffodils
    One of the earliest blooming flowers, daffodils bring some vibrant colour to campus in early spring. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Forsythia
    Forsythia are also early bloomers on campus, providing cascades of bright yellow before the bush begins to leaf. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Tulips behind Jeffery Hall
    Tulips can be found in flower beds all around campus, including here behind Jeffery Hall. The bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom in early spring. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Tulipa Tarda “Dasystemon
    Tulipa Tarda, or late tulip, actually belongs to the lily family, and is not a common sight on campus. “It is growing exuberantly in a location that is not very congenial. Maybe there is a message in that,” adds Larry Pattison. (Photo by Larry Pattison)
  • Magnolia
    Magnolia trees add flares of pink and white across campus. While the blooms are beautiful, they do not last long. Magnolias can be found in a number of sheltered locations, including Summerhill and between Richardson Hall and Dunning Hall. (Photo by Larry Pattison)

Queen’s campus is in bloom.

May is the month when the beauty of Queen’s campus comes into new focus.

Tulips, daffodils, and pansies. Forsythia, cherry blossoms, and magnolia. Trees are beginning to show their leaves.

Planning and planting for the grounds team of Physical Plant Services at Queen’s starts in the fall and the results begin to be seen in spring. 

“I am very proud of our dedicated team on site working to keep our facilities operating and looking beautiful,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “Spring time on campus is a particularly vivid and inspiring reminder  of our enduring university history and  promising future.”