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Halifax Public Gardens

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HRM’s Public Gardens Now Open!

A true sign of spring! The Public Gardens are now open daily for the 2014 season.

Spring flowers popping up in the Public Gardens

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You're Invited!
Save the date...

Greenhouse Open House Poster

HRM Floral Bed Display Program

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The Halifax Public Gardens and Leighton Dillman Park (Dartmouth Common) support charitable organizations in the HRM community to promote upcoming events and milestones. Limited space is available in floral beds
within both Gardens.

Is your organization celebrating a significant date, event or milestone? Could your design/logo be easily created in a floral bed display? Does your organization have a significant impact on the broad HRM community?

If you answered yes to these questions your organization could be considered to utilize one of these beds. Fill out an online application today. Please note: floral bed display space is in high demand so requests should be made at least a year in advance.

Curious about how these floral beds take shape? Check out this video...

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The Halifax Public Gardens is a feature garden on Canada's Garden Route. Check it out!


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National Garden Day

Plans are in the works to celebrate National Garden Day - June 13th, 2014. Stay tuned for details.




The Story of Public Gardens

One of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gardens in North America, the Halifax Public Gardens began on Common land by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836. In 1847, Horticultural Hall was erected in the Gardens and served as the meeting room for members of the Society. A second series of gardens was established by the City of Halifax in 1867 and in 1874 the gardens were unified into the present 16 acres. The Gardens continue to be an accessible public leisure destination.

In 1872, Richard Power was hired as the Garden’s superintendent. Under his supervision, the Gardens saw linden and elm trees planted along Summer and Sackville Streets. Many of those trees still exist today. Power remained the superintendent until 1915, and during that period he oversaw the introduction of the bandstand, the fountains, statues and wrought iron gates – all fundamental features of the High Victorian Pleasure Garden and all honouring a milestone in Queen Victoria’s reign, a contemporary military event, or an important local personage. Throughout the Gardens the trees, shrubs and flowers are planted as separate specimens. The Gardens are filled with many exotic and semi-tropical species enriched by colour and texture. Power believed the Gardens were a work of art rather than a work of nature.

The Halifax Public Gardens were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. It is a valuable resource in the study of heritage plants and landscape design. As well, it houses a public collection of garden artefacts such as statues, a bandstand and fountains, which are representative of the Victorian era.

  • Wedding ceremonies are not permitted in the Public Gardens. For information on HRM owned parks and wedding ceremonies click here.
  • Wedding and any special event photos are welcome in the park without notice/booking as long as within Garden hours (see above).


Research & Tours

Guided walking tours provided by local tourism operators. Special tours arranged through local interest groups.


The Public Gardens was voted
"Best Public Space", &
"Best Place to Read a Book"
- Coast's 2008 BEST OF HALIFAX
readers poll.