The Halifax Public Gardens and Victoria Park
To celebrate Ann's birthday, July 26, I took her to dinner at the Rope Loft in Chester, N.S. Her nephew, Tom Connors is their new chef, and new is the menu too.
We drove, to and from, along Route 3, ( the old road ) that winds along Saint Margaret's Bay. It is a great scenic drive.
On a different note: ( from Andrew Fleming's - Atlantic Canada Trivia - " Songstress Rita MacNeil once had three separate albums on Australian top 40 charts at the same time. "
Nova Scotia's official berry is the blueberry ( low bush ) - Oxford, Nova Scotia says it is the Blueberry Capital of Canada.
The Halifax Public Gardens represent a long-standing horticultural tradition in the city. Even before the end of the eighteenth century, gardens formed part of the environment of the newly settled Haligonians.
Although these early gardens have not survived, the traditional British interest in horticulture was not lost during the rapid development of nineteenth century Halifax. In 1836 the newly formed Nova Scotia Horticultural Society set out to create a public garden. The Society's garden would provide a pleasant recreational area and add to the amenities of the town; the display of specimen plants would spark the intellectual interest of the citizens, and the erection of statues and monuments would engender civic and national pride.
The city of Halifax, in the 1860's acquired the Gardens, and have developed and maintained a magnificent Victorian public garden which has been preserved almost intact. The citizens of Halifax have cause to be grateful to those people whose vision and skill contributed to the creation and preservation of the Public Gardens.
This is leading up to my newest photo-essay about our magnificent Public Gardens. Today July 29, it is hot and especially it is sunny -- just right for taking snap-shots of both the Public Gardens and Victoria Park just across Spring Garden Road from "the Gardens "
And good news, for the followers of The Almost Free Family Fun in Halifax, Nova Scotia: DIY Cruise Ship Excursion the Gardens and Victoria Park are with-in walking distance of the Cruise-Ship Pavillion. Even better, both are on MetroTransit Bus # 1 route.
Just a gentle reminder, Autumn ( September & October ) will see almost 100 cruise ships visit Halifax -- tour days will become unavailable very quickly from now on . . . . . . but then The Almost Free Family Fun in Halifax, Nova Scotia DIY Cruise Ship Excursion can never be booked out!!!!