Beauty, both natural and artistic…takes your breath away.
The Historic Gardens at Annapolis Royal are most famous for their roses which, unfortunately, were only just beginning to bloom when I visited in early June – but there was still plenty to enjoy. There are 17 acres of garden featuring plant collections and displays which contribute to an understanding of the past of the region from a horticultural perspective. It is a tranquil place full of interest and beauty. Almost 2,000 rose bushes of over 200 cultivars are the scented summer highlight.
The gardens include a replica of a 17th Acadian dwelling and kitchen garden; whilst away from the neatly ordered flower beds, lawns and ponds, a board-walk takes visitors through old stands of Norfolk Reeds to the wilder environs of the tidal River Allain valley. A dyke constructed using traditional Acadian methods allows visitors to explore further into the valley with its salt marsh flora and reed-bordered water…
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