Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

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In a Nutshell

  • Gardens span 17 acres
  • Showcases Nova Scotia's agricultural heritage
  • Live music & workshops

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use membership in full by 12/31/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Because plants are jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral strivers with today's Groupon to the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal. Choose from the following options:

• For $5, you get an adult day pass (an $11.50 value, including HST).
• For $14, you get a family day pass good for two parents and their dependent children (a $28.75 value, including HST).
• For $15, you get an adult season membership (a $30 value).
• For $32, you get a family season membership good for two parents and their dependent children (a $65 value).

Situated on the site of one of the first European settlements in North America, the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens invites guests to meander through a 17-acre leafy oasis showcasing Nova Scotia's rich agricultural heritage. Like a scratch and sniff history book, the Governor's Garden provides a fragrant portal to the past, displaying herbs, flowers, and 18th-century heritage apple trees in a layout that reflects traditional 1700s gardening methods. Bud-loving visitors can amble through the Rose Collection, where hundreds of different cultivars burst into thousands of fragrant and colourful blossoms. The Innovative Garden, meanwhile, showcases more modern methods and plant materials, providing urban and suburban dwellers inspiration for designing compact, sustainable vegetable gardens in repurposed astronaut helmets. The rock garden, hydrangea and day lily collections, and forest of exotic trees provide further idyllic sights.

Those who opt for a membership are also privy to special rates for the Garden's events, hands-on workshops, and Garden tours. Members also receive updates, newsletters, and invitations to garden gnome baby showers.

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

Although Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens has only existed since 1981, its ties to horticultural experimentation date back more than 400 years. Built atop the foundation of Port Royal––the first permanent European settlement in North America––Annapolis Royal was the site of pioneering gardening in the 17th century. Early settlers used the plot to clear native vines and sow rows of Old World seeds such as hemp, rye, and wheat.

Despite their relative youth, the gardens reveal a great historical depth in their 17 acres, with themed spaces representing the changing floral aesthetics between the time of those early settlers and the present day. More than 3,000 exotic and native plants recreate the extravagant taste of the times in the Victorian Garden; the Innovative Garden showcases the clever planning and sustainable practices that make flowers flourish in cramped urban plots rather than uproot and busk for extra fertilizer.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful place!
Bronwyn W. · January 3, 2013
We always love going there no matter what the time of year, there is always something of interest.
SUSAN F. · January 3, 2013
I really enjoyed my trip there and the gardens. My Mum had been there around when it first opened and wasn't really impressed, but this time she loved it and enjoyed how much the grounds had improved since that time. We came in the fall and may consider a trip earlier in the year to see more of the blooms. One spot I particularly enjoyed was the bed of different heathers, as it's my name and I had no idea there was so much variety.
Heather F. · January 3, 2013

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