Often referred to as the "banana belt" of Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Royal area is a gardener's paradise. Our climate is moderated by the ocean influences including the Bay of Fundy where the 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out twice a day - more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers in the world!
Our gardening and agricultural heritage extends back more than four centuries. While the Mi'kmaq were primarily hunters and gatherers, the early Europeans recognized the agricultural potential of the area and quickly began planting and experimenting. Champlain wrote in his journals that he ordered "wheat, rye, hemp and several other kinds of seeds to be sown in order to ascertain how they would flourish".
As you travel through our region, you will note that the gardening culture lives on today. Homeowners have lovely gardens, businesses take pride in their properties, and municipalities incorporate trees and planters into their beautification plans more than ever. Farms with roadside stands are present along the highways, community gardens are developing, and Farmer's Markets are very popular. Greenhouses and nurseries provide interesting and delightful plant selections for the consumer, and Garden Clubs provide gathering places for gardens to share knowledge and ideas.
And at the centre of it all is the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, a 17 acre botanical garden showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials reflecting more than four centuries of Canadian history. Recognized in 2015 as Canada's Garden of the Year, the Historic Gardens is a "must see" for visitors to Nova Scotia and one of the Annapolis region's premiere attractions.
This Gardens Annapolis site will provide you with information on all this, as well as various events and activities that allow you to experience our gardening culture first hand. Please explore virtually, and plan a visit soon!