Hitting the Trail: Halifax Public Gardens (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

May 13, 2014

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!

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Halifax Public Gardens (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Today we have a little sneak peek at summer with a trip to the Halifax Public Gardens. The public gardens have been a favorite spot in the city for many years. With large greenhouses to support the continued growth of plants to nurture in the gardens it always seems the grounds are one step ahead of any other spot in the city. From the first glimpse of spring blooms in May to the full blown riot of color in the summer, all the way to fall when the leaves begin to change and put on their own colorful display, there is always something beautiful to see at the gardens.

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Some Interesting Things to Know

Location: The Halifax Public Gardens are located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia (just down the street from the Museum of Natural History).

Habitat: Victorian style ornemental gardens with ponds, small brooks, and walking paths.

Favorite Plant and Animal Life: The public garden ducks are a favorite along with the resident geese. (A favorite picture book about the gardens called Gracie the Public Gardens Duck.) The dahlia display, with each flower labeled is another favorite destination within the garden come summer. It is always amazing to see the size, color, and variety of dahlias on display.

Special Features: The Halifax Public Gardens are a jewel within the city. Established in 1836 the garden covers 16 acres in the heart of the city. In 1984 the gardens became a National Historic Site and are seen as, “One of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gardens in North America.” The kids are particularly attracted to the various fountains throughout the gardens – most of which are over 100 years old. There is also a coffee and ice cream shop in Horticulture Hall on the garden grounds. (This is a popular stop with every member of the family.) In the summer there are concerts at the bandstand and there is also a picnic area where people often gather to soak up the sun and enjoy the gardens.

There is a great video on this site about how the plants are propagated for the floral bed displays.

Best Time of Year to Visit: The gardens are open from May to November each year. The gardens are delightful to visit any time during the open season and while summer provides a riot of color, the bulbs of spring are a welcome sight, which places the gardens high on the list of places to visit in spring!

The photos above were taken in August while the gardens were in full bloom.

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Nelleke from P.E.I. May 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

This looks beautiful! We may have to take a trip to Halifax this summer to see the gardens.

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Dawn & Annie May 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

They are worth the trip!

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Melanie May 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to go to the gardens this year. It’s on our outings list for when it’s my turn to choose. :)

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Dawn & Annie May 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

Good choice!

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