The Champlain Garden Club in beautiful Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia may not go all the way back to Champlain, but we know it at least goes back to 1952. Being in the same town as the famous Historic Gardens and gardening in one of the warmest climate areas in the Maritimes the competition is stiff. The seventy five members of our club rise to the task and design, plant and maintain some of the most beautiful gardens in the province.
We have a very close association with the Historic Gardens and in fact many of the present and past members of the Garden’s Board of Directors are members of the garden club. We share in the cost of Audio Video equipment for our presentations and at least once every year try to have a presentation from the Historic Garden’s staff. In addition to keeping us all up to date on what is going on in the Gardens we review some of the volunteer opportunities each season and provide many of the volunteers needed including some of the Gardens’ weekly tour guides.
Our programs run from March through to December as you can see in our “Program Guide”. The public is welcome to sit in on any of our Thursday evening presentations and are encouraged to participate in our annual “Flower Show” in July and our famous “Plant Sale” in May. Watch for the posters on these two events as they draw near.
Our Annual Plant Sale has been going on almost as long as the club has been in existence and as many of the perennials are donated from the perennial beds at the Historic Gardens, we know they are in great shape. So in fact many of the gorgeous gardens in our community are in a small way extensions of the Historic Gardens.
Our Annual Flower Show is also a very popular and well organized event in the community. We follow strict rules for showing including bringing in Judges from out of the area. The competition is fierce as you may well imagine with so many avid gardeners close by. There is a class for everybody to enter with over sixty different classifications including some for children. For those that don’t want to compete but want to see some of the best displays of flowers in the province it is still an excellent show. If you happen to be in Annapolis Royal in July you don’t want to miss it. It also comes with tea and desert. Oh, and by the way the Historic Gardens, although not allowed to compete, always provides some excellent displays.