Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Public Gardens In Halifax

This is a beautiful little oasis in the middle of Halifax. When I was there it was very busy with people strolling about, sitting on the many scattered benches, and art students drawing. I also appreciated the signs at the gate indicating that there is no smoking in the garden! YEAH!

As I understand it, the garden was decimated in a hurricane in 2003 when many of the oldest trees were destroyed. I would have liked to have seen it then just to compare. As it is, I think it's a beautiful garden and I could have spent the day there. It was so peaceful. A good place for one's soul.

The main entrance ... these glorious gates (that came from a bankrupt garden in Scotland, or so I was told) ... is on Spring Garden Road, the busiest street in Halifax ... so I was told. And it was a busy street when I was there. Under the circumstances, the peace and quiet beauty of the garden was especially pronounced. I took Kev back there in the rain just to see it and especially to see all the gorgeous dahlia's in bloom! You just KNOW I'll be posting flower photos soon, right? Kevin and I got soaked there before we caught a cab to meet up with Dan and Amy for dinner.

"Recognized as a rare surviving example of a formal Victorian Garden, the Halifax Public Gardens are a National Historic Site ... The public’s dedication to protecting the Gardens was demonstrated in a remarkable response to the damage caused by Hurricane Juan in 2003."

Read more about the garden and see more images at their website.

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