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Late spring means delays to plant growth at arboretum
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:15PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:19PM EDT
The University of Guelph Arboretum is a natural space now filled with colour.
From the flowers and the trees to the birds, spring is in full bloom.
But it’s happening a lot later this year.
Cooler and wetter conditions early in the season have delayed plant growth. Interpretive biologist Chris Earley says he hasn’t seen the plant maturation so late in years.
“This is actually quite different than the last twenty-six years that I’ve worked here,” Earley said. “Trillium flowers usually are finished now. It’s nice for them to be extended into this season, but it’s because it’s been so cool that they’ve been able to last this long.”
The University of Guelph Arboretum spans 400 acres of natural space on the edge of the school’s campus.
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