Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America. They were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. The Halifax Public Gardens is also part of Canada’s Garden Route.
Interested in supporting the Halifax Public Gardens? Donate a bench through the Gift For Parks Civic Support Program [PDF].
Location and operating hours
The Halifax Public Gardens comprise an entire block of the downtown core, bordered by Spring Garden Road, Summer Street, South Park Street, and Sackville Street.
The main gate of the Halifax Public Gardens is located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, with gates at the other three corners as well.
Gates will be open daily at 7 a.m., from April to mid-November. Gates will close each day a half hour before dusk.
Download a map and brochure for the Halifax Public Gardens [PDF] before your visit.
Accessibility and bathrooms
Halifax Public Gardens are wheelchair accessible. It even offers a limited supply of wheelchairs for public use—inquire at Horticultural Hall.
Horticulture Hall also serves beverages and has public toilets available.
Free tours of the Halifax Public Gardens
Friends of the Public Gardens offer free horticultural and historical tours of the gardens and organize special events throughout the year.
Rules of the Halifax Public Gardens
For the protection of the Halifax Public Gardens, note the following rules when visiting:
Do not walk on the grass. The established pathways of the Gardens form lovely, educational walks and the views from them display the gardens as they were meant to be seen in the Victorian Era. There is a common lawn area by the South-East Gate (Spring Garden Road at Summer Street) for recreational use.
Please do not feed the ducks. It can make them dependent on a human-provided food supply and interfere with their natural migratory patterns in the spring and fall. Don’t worry, there’s lots of natural food available for the ducks in the gardens.
Weddings at the Halifax Public Gardens
The Gardens are not available to be booked for weddings or private functions. Wedding and special occasion photographs are permitted, and no booking is required. Please respect others in the Gardens and the rules posted above.
Floral Bed Display Program
The Halifax Public Gardens and Leighton Dillman Park (Dartmouth Common) support charitable organizations in the local community to promote upcoming events and milestones with a floral display.
If your organization is celebrating a significant date, event, or milestone, it can be considered as a candidate for one of the Floral Bed Displays. Applications have closed for 2018 but will reopen in September for 2019.