Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
The summer is advancing, but I yearn to go back to spring--and in this posting I shall! If you are a regular at "Prairiebreak" you're used to my droning commentary on picture after picture. After loading a slug of pix from this amazing garden, I realized my words are really unnecessary: this gem of a garden is perched at the far West end of Nova Scotia in a picturesque town of a few hundred people. Many things are noteworthy about the place: Annapolis Royale antedates St. Petersburg and Plymouth as a permanent settlement of Europeans in Northern America. And surely it's the smallest community in North America to host a really grand botanical garden. The garden is picture perfect: the trees, shrubs and perennials are all planted in just the right way--a fantastic range from Rose and formal gardens (the latter only just being planted--you shan't see those), woodlands, bogs and a fabulous Rhododendron dell--and that's just scratching the surface. I think it's one of the handful of great gardens in all of North America. Ironically, the collateral damage of "9=11" has been to reduce their visitorship by almost half: an example of the grim downside of globalization.
|Acer pseudoplatanus--quite showy in bloom|
|Eleagnus umbellata: surprisingly hardy here.|
|Eleagnus umbellata may be invasive in milder climates, but it's not reliably hardy in Colorado|
|The obligatory paperbark maple--and this is a fabulous specimen|
|An Akadian cottage: delightful|
|Aesculus pavia hybrid|
The herb garden had yet to be planted for summer--but good bones.
|Bob Howard, my host and garden guru--now on the board of this Garden|
|I love Maidenhair fern!|
|A fine perennial border|
|Euphorbia griffithii--not seen much in the U.S.|
|Trish Fry, who manages this garden, has a long history of involvement in this garden from her youth.|
One of the massive trees on the site--not many gardens exist in North America that have been occupied for so many centuries. I'd put this on your "must see" list: Nova Scotia ROCKS.