Cascade Gardens were made as a geological garden in 1930’s (in the manner of Joseph Paxton’s geological garden at the Crystal Park in London) to explain the geology of Banff National Park. But they evolved into a rock garden with rustic features and extensive floral bedding. Standing alongside Canada Place, the Cascade Gardens contain an extensive rockery area and each summer is filled with more than 50,000 flowers.The maple leaf is widely used as a symbol for Canada and was official adopted as Canada’s arboreal emblem in 1996. Each province and territory also has their own floral emblems including: Ontario: white trillium, Quebec: blue flag, Nova Scotia: mayflower, New Brunswick: purple violet, Manitoba: prairie crocus , British Columbia: Pacific dogwood, Prince Edward Island: lady’s slipper, Saskatchewan: western red lily, Alberta: wild rose, Newfoundland and Labrador: pitcher plant, Northwest Territories: mountain avens, Yukon: fireweed and Nunavut: purple saxifrage.
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