Friday, April 1, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – With mild temperatures in the forecast this weekend, the Halifax Public Gardens is gearing up for the start of the 2016 season.
Parks employees have been working to ensure the pathways are safe for use and gardening work will begin soon. As long as no winter weather comes our way, the gates will open on Monday, April 4. In the event of bad weather, 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 located 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. From April to mid-November, the gates are open daily from 7 a.m. until half an hour before sunset.
Horticulture Hall, located near the bandstand in the centre of the grounds, showcases historical and botanical information about the Gardens. The Hall, along with the café and washrooms, will officially open on Friday, April 8.
The Public Gardens is wheelchair accessible, and has a limited supply of wheelchairs available for public use by visiting Horticultural Hall, starting next Friday.
In an effort to preserve the Gardens for future generations, visitors are asked to respect the rules prohibiting pets, bicycles and jogging inside the grounds. Visitors should also refrain from feeding the waterfowl, as it makes them dependent on 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 known as one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian gardens in North America.
Parks & Recreation has another exciting season planned, with lots of fun, free events and activities for all ages. For more information on the Public Gardens and upcoming events, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/publicgardens/.