Magnificent Gardens of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to 3 unique Halifax gardens.
Known for its lobster fishing and picturesque seaside villages, Halifax is a delightful place to visit. As the capital of Nova Scotia, it has a population of approximately 400,000; but rather than feeling crowded, the bustling wharfs, shops, and plentiful restaurants simply feel vibrant.
There are many woodland trails to explore within the city itself, but local gardening celebrity Niki Jabbour has some great ideas for three public gardens to visit in the area. While she admits it is possible to see the highlights in a single day, Niki strongly recommends making this a two-day trip since they are some distance apart. She also has a great recommendation for somewhere to stay overnight.
Begin the tour in the crown jewel of Halifax and the oldest Victorian garden in North America, the Halifax Public Garden, where she shares her personal favorite spot. From here, drive north to Truro and visit the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Niki’s alma mater, although the Rock Garden she wants you to visit has been added since her days as a student here.
If time allows, rather than rushing to the next garden, Niki recommends staying overnight in the Annapolis Valley, the warmest spot in the province. It’s a delightful area with quaint inns, hundreds of orchards, and the highest tides which are exciting to watch. Wolfville is an especially charming town to stay in overnight. Doing so will leave you well placed to make a quick breakfast stop at the whimsical Tangled Garden before continuing on to your next stop.
Annapolis Royale , a seaside town on the west side of the province was settled in 1605 and is one of the oldest settlements in North America. It is also the site of the award-winning Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, where history and horticulture are perfectly melded through five themed gardens.