TripAdvisor has announced that the Historic Gardens is the number one listing under "Things to Do in Nova Scotia" for 2011! This well respected travel site has picked the gardens over 158 other attractions found in Nova Scotia. The Gardens are #7 for the 2014 season.
I continue on my way through two long curved beds of perennials, adding their splendid display of color. Soon I arrive at the garden's fountain. What a beautiful sight this is, set into large slate rocks and surrounded by impressive trees and shrubs.
From here it is only a short distance to the Governor's Garden. This garden represents the period between 1710 to 1749 when Annapolis Royal was capital of Nova Scotia.
The next heritage themed garden is the Victorian Garden consisting of curved beds that fit together into a pattern. Victorian gardens were popular in the late 1800's in Annapolis Royal.
Next we find the Knot Garden which is based on an English design published in 1638. These gardens are very interesting as they form geometrical patterns out of small hedge-like plants. This garden is shaded by a very large weeping elm.
Beside the Knot Garden is located the German Bakery & Garden Cafe, which is a great place to stop for a light lunch or special treat with a cool drink.
Make sure you visit the Gardens Interpretive Centre which is also located in this area by the restaurant. It has photo displays, information on Salt Marshes, an old Acadian log aboiteau, and other information on early Acadian life.
This is only a small part of all that you will see at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. I only touched on the gardens found along the outside path; there are many other paths to follow, each with new sights.
These gardens provide a splendor of beauty no matter when you decide to visit them. All throughout the season they are ever hanging as different plants blossom and add their array of color and fragrance. I strongly recommend a visit to these wonderful Historic Gardens and see if you agree, they are among the best in Canada.
The Historic Gardens are open from mid May until mid October. Their hours are from 9am to 5pm in May, June, September and October and from 8am until dusk in July and August. Admission fees support the ongoing maintenance and operation of the Gardens – special family, senior and group rates are available. Season passes are also available and are very popular with the local population, for obvious reasons! During the off season and after hours the Gardens are accessible on an "admission by donation" basis.
To see more on the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and verify their hours of operation and fees please visit their official web site: Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, or you can give them a call at for more information.
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Sam Langford originally from Weymouth Falls was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. He was known as the "Boston Bonecrusher," "Boston Terror" and, his most infamous nickname, the "Boston Tar Baby."
A freak apple was discovered by Mr. Collins, Annapolis Royal in 1921 from one of his apple trees. The apple was clearly one half gravenstien and the other half deep red, the colour was perfectly marked from stalk to pit.