Northern journey, leg 3: The Halifax Public Gardens

In Nova Scotia, we decided to concentrate on Halifax rather than driving the circumference of the island. This would give us a good rest from all of those hours on the road and a chance for some much needed exercise while exploring the historic city on foot. We also gave up the “ring road” and its picturesque fishing villages to provide time for Prince Edward Island.

We’d arrived late in the day after having an early dinner on the road. We had a bit of a walk and soon afterward called it a night. The next morning, however, we were up and out the door. I checked my phone to see if Halifax had the Cora breakfast and lunch chain we’d enjoyed in New Brunswick, and sure enough, found one in a shopping/university district within a good walk of our Hampton Inn. It was a sunny morning and the temperature was just right for late September—in fact, that was the case throughout our trip. More about Cora in another post, but a conversation we had there led us to the Halifax Public Gardens after breakfast.

The city’s coat of arms on the gate signals that the gardens are a National Heritage Property ,Merces mari means wealth from the sea.

These 151-year-old gardens, the oldest Victorian gardens in North America, were all but destroyed after Hurricane Juan in 2003. The restoration sparked renewed community interest and a better-than-ever comeback. Frankly, I’ve never met a botanical garden I didn’t like, but this one truly is a treasure. The pathways are beautifully designed and the place definitely had the feel of a beautifully tranquil Parisian parc.

Although Victorian, no bed, path, or statuary is overstated, which for my taste is perfect.
A public garden in the midst of a city should offer respite and reflection
as well as natural beauty.
See that little bridge ahead? What a perfect sight line!

The Century Plant—Agave americana—at the center the succulent garden, with the reddish stem, blooms only every 30 to 40 years and happened to be in flower when we were there.

Our morning stroll resulted in a few purchases, too. More about the harbor, the landmarks, and the people we met along the way in future posts!

3 thoughts on “Northern journey, leg 3: The Halifax Public Gardens

  1. Ron

    The public gardens look wonderful and how lucky to be there when the Century plant was blooming. I actually didn’t know they grew that far up North. You are so right that a city park should be a quiet respite for the hectic city life.

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