During the spring, summer and fall members of our garden club have experienced several beautiful spaces, some in or near our home communities and others further away. Before winter sets in let’s take another walk. Perhaps we will make plans for a winter or springtime outing.
Halifax offers several choices for a beauty- filled walk. The following are only two of many opportunities.
In the spring Sandy shared these wonderful pictures from a visit to Regatta Point, a development near the Armdale Roundabout and near the intersection of the Herring Cove Rd. and the Purcell’s Cove Rd. There are green spaces owned by the city inside this development. The plants in them have largely been put there by individuals, in particular rhododendrons and azaleas were planted by John Meagher. The Atlantic Rhododendron & Horticulture Society has also done some planting and care over the years. Nearby is a picturesque walk along the Northwest Arm shoreline.
Halifax Public Gardens:
The Halifax Public Garden, officially opened in 1867, is a 16-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax. Thanks to a series of talented people it has retained much of the original Victorian character and, through the efforts of many, the gardens were designated a National Historic Site in 1984.
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens:
Stop and smell the roses and as the invitation says: Escape from the hectic pace of everyday life with a visit to Annapolis Royal’s beautiful Historic Gardens. These gardens won the 2015 Canadian Garden of the Year Award.
In a beautiful setting overlooking a tidal river valley, the Historic Gardens site is a premiere Nova Scotia attraction showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than 400 years of local history. This is a beautiful garden paradise to explore in person.
Heather shared her delight after her visit to Tangled Garden in Grand Pre, a garden enjoyed by many; it is about one hour’s drive from Chester.
Special herb jellies such as Raspberry, Lavender and Garlic Rosemary are created. Delicious jams, chutneys, mustards, vinegars and liqueurs are also produced, all made using fresh herbs from the gardens and fruit from the surrounding fertile Annapolis Valley. When you visit, make sure to stroll through the garden, take a few minutes to walk the wildflower labyrinth, or pause by the pond to reflect.
Now, for all of us, close to home, two of our own beautiful spaces:
Parade Garden: maintained by Chester Garden Club
Cove Garden: owned and maintained by Chester Garden Club.