Garden Road Trip
Garden & Plant Joy
Dig in and explore Nova Scotia’s growing garden culture. Garden landscapes, with all kinds of plants, complement the diversity of our natural landscapes—making Nova Scotia the perfect place for the plant and garden lover.
Halifax Public Gardens
One of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America and a National Historic Site, the Halifax Public Gardens was established in 1836. Trees and shrubs are planted as separate specimens, with exotic and semi-tropical ornamental species adding colour and texture along the well-groomed paths. The garden includes a bandstand, fountains, water features and statues. Pass through the stunning cast-iron gates at the main entrance and enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Gardens
Wildflowers grow undisturbed in natural areas and floral boarders provide colourful interjections while tidy plots provide greens and vegetables for home-style lunches in the tearoom. The gardens are the perfect combination of interpretive and nostalgic, practical and experimental as Heritage plants rescued from old farms grow along side newer varieties. Enjoy a walk along the pathway lined with native trees and shrubs that leads to a neighbouring pond and wetland.
Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus
Enjoy multiple gardens featuring an extensive plant collection spanning more than 148 acres. Discover a living laboratory where trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, and farm crops are displayed and interpreted in both functional and natural settings as part of the landscape horticulture program at the University. Themed areas like the Rock Garden feature courtyards, stone walls, and a collection of dwarf conifers.
Both a garden of delight and a working farm, Tangled Garden produces fresh herbs and fruits for the jellies, liqueurs, vinegars, and cordials made on site. Covering four acres of sculpted land, classic garden-rooms hedged in box, yew, and beech encounter a dry stream bed planted with statuesque grasses and rambunctious perennials. A hillside labyrinth offers sweeping views of the Minas Basin.
Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
Covering more than six acres, the Botanical Gardens on the campus of Acadia University showcase native plants from the nine habitats within the Eastern region. A formal Walled Garden and classic Herbaceous Bank are also featured. Discover experimental gardens, a peaceful brook, carved sandstone lily pools, a quiet stone wall, and a pleached hedge in these tranquil settings.
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Recognized as on of the ‘Top 5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For’, this 17-acre garden is a delightful fusion of the historical and contemporary. Overlooking a tidal river valley, the Historic Gardens showcase gardening methods, designs, and materials representing over 400 years of Canadian history. Highlights include the largest rose collection in Eastern Canada and a replica of an Acadian house circa 1671.
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Visit the two butterfly gardens at Kejimkujik and join Kejimkujik's Butterfly Club. Learn how to garden for butterflies to help the majestic Monarch butterfly, a species at risk in Nova Scotia. View a variety of other plant species on the wilderness trails and along the shores of Kejimkujik Lake, including wild orchids, ferns, and the Nova Scotia Atlantic Coastal Plain flora unique to the southwestern region of Nova Scotia.
Pine Grove Park
This 54-acre riverside park features a stunning display of colour under a towering white pine canopy. Rhododendrons, azaleas, and magnolias are planted among the lady’s slippers, partridgeberry, and fly honeysuckle. The gardens were started by the late Captain Dick Steele, a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in plant breeding. The park also serves as a duck breeding and resting area in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited.
The gardens and greenhouses of Ouest-Ville Perennials are filled with interesting plants and fresh ideas for the gardening enthusiast. Enjoy ocean views and fresh sea air as you stroll through and select treasures for your own garden. Horticulturalist Alice d'Entremont offers 600 varieties of hardy and unusual perennials, annuals, herbs, roses, and shrubs, as well as certified organic manures, composts, seeds, supplies, and garden giftware.