Monday, June 15, 2009

Trip Report: Halifax Public Gardens

I was able to attend a meteorology conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia during the first week of June.  I had never been to Nova Scotia before and I needed to stay in the city for the week, but I was still able to get in a little sight-seeing.  Along with some historical sights, I visited the Public Gardens, which is a Victorian Garden originally established in 1867.

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The gardens are well maintained and well used by locals.  I was surprised by the number of plants and trees in bloom while I was there.  As you can see in the map above, there is a large pond (including ducks) and a couple of smaller water features.  There is also a nice bandstand, which is a common music venue during the Summer.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Maple tree (Acer sp.) in the Halifax Public Gardens"]Maple tree (Acer sp.) in the Halifax Public Gardens[/caption]

Apparently the gardens were badly damaged in September 2003 by Hurricane Juan.  Many large trees were destroyed.  When I was there, the signs had all been covered over with new growth.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Rhododendron in the Halifax Public Gardens"]Rhododendron in the Halifax Public Gardens[/caption]

Some of my favorite plants were the orange Maple trees (pictured above), the rhododendrons (above) and the tulip beds (below).  I also saw a planting of neat Euphorbias, which might have been 'Tiny Tim.'

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Wandering Tulip bed at the Halifax Public Gardens"]Wandering Tulip bed at the Halifax Public Gardens[/caption]

See my photo album here.

2 comments:

  1. Great! That's great that you were able to see some of the local plants.

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  2. Nice photos, Zach. We have several garden bloggers from up that way...they would probably be able to tell you more about the damage that occured (Nancy@Soliloquy; Jodi@Bloomingwriter; among others). Just a thought in case you want to converse w/them!

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