Isn’t the foliage of this whitebark pine simply LUXURIOUS?
This Pinus albicaulis specimen is part of a collection of 170 trees and shrubs in the Normand Boucher Community Arboretum, located in the town of Peace River, in northern Alberta. Named for the founder of a local family-owned sawmill, the Arboretum was established in 1990 to honour the town’s designation as the provincial ”Forest Capital.” A revitalization project six years later doubled the size of the Arboretum and allowed for the planting of many more trees. My hubby and I were delighted to attend our niece’s wedding at the Arboretum last July…and of course, I couldn’t help but take a bit of a tour while we were in town.
Of all the trees in the Arboretum, the pines captivated me the most. I’m partial to conifers, anyway – growing up in northern Alberta will do that to a person. I love living on the Prairies, but we don’t have nearly enough trees here!
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis)
What are your favourite trees (in your garden or otherwise)? What do you love most about them?