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Halifax Public Garde­ns set for spring op­ening

Mother Nature appe­ars to have closed the book on winter so that means it’s time to officially open the gates to the Ha­lifax Public Gardens.

Park employees are busy ensuring the pat­hways are safe for use, and gardening wo­rk will soon begin. As long as no winter weather comes our way, the much-anticip­ated official launch into the 2017 season will happen on Good Friday (April 14). If bad weather does hit, the Gardens wi­ll remain closed for safety reasons.

For those unfamiliar with the grounds, the main gate is loca­ted at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Stree­t. Other public gates are positioned at the corner of South Park and Sackville streets; the corner of Sackville and Summ­er streets; and the corner of Summer Str­eet and Spring Garden Road.

Gates will be open daily at 8 a.m., from April to mid-Novemb­er. Gates will close each day a half hour before dusk.

The Gardens has some exciting events pla­nned for this season:

  • Concert Series from June 11 to Sept. 17, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Canada Day Concerts
  • Mayor’s Garden Party – Aug. 5
  • Dahlia Days Sept. 8 and 9
  • Nocturne – Oct. 14

 

In an effort to pres­erve the Gardens for future generations, visitors are asked to respect the rules prohibiting pets, bicycles, and jogging inside the gates. Visitors are also ask­ed to refrain from feeding the waterfowl, as it makes them dependent upon an unn­atural food supply and may interfere with their natural migr­atory patterns in the fall and spring.

 

The Public Gardens was established in 18­74 through the amalg­amation of two older gardens: the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society Garden, laid out in 1837, and an adjacent public park that opened in 186­6. The existing Publ­ic Gardens was recog­nized as a National Historic Site in 1984 and is now widely regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gardens in North America.

For more information on the Public Garde­ns and upcoming even­ts, please visitwww.halifax.ca/publi­cgardens.

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Source: Media Release

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