Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

. The gardens are a national historic site.

The Public Gardens are bounded by Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, Summer Street and Sackville Street. They are open annually from approximately May 1 until November 1. The landscaping style is Victorian formal and provides a popular setting for wedding and prom photos. The gardens also feature a bandstand that is used for free public concerts on Sunday afternoons during the summer.

The trees and flowers are beautiful, and many people enjoy feeding the ducks, who make the gardens their home.

The Public Gardens were badly damaged by Hurricane Juan in 2003. Many trees were destroyed, necessitating the early closure of the gardens and some redesign. The gardens reopened on Canada Day, 2004 after a restoration aided in part by $1 million which was raised during a radio telethon.

Further reading

* "The Halifax Public Gardens", The Friends of the Public Gardens, Halifax, 1989
* "The Magnolia Tree", a short story by Barbara Grantmyre published in "Atlantic Anthology", Will R. Bird, ed., McLelland & Stewart, 1959.

External links

* [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=&hl=en&ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=44.642811,-63.582129&spn=0.003756,0.007778&t=k&om=1 Satellite image of the Halifax Public Gardens]
* [http://www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca/ Friends of the Public Gardens website]
* [http://www.imagescanada.ca/r1-115-e.php?kwf=TRUE&kwq=Halifax+Public+Gardens&interval=24&x=16&y=8 Photographs from Images Canada (historic and contemporary)]
* [http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/statutes/halpub.htm "Halifax Public Gardens Protection Act"]

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