Project 365 HG – The Baron’s Azaleas.
Day 155 – At this time of year, when the rhodies and azaleas at the Historic Gardens are so spectacular, I always like to share the story of The Baron’s Azaleas.
It was in the early years of the Gardens’ existence. The new Tidal Power Generating Station was opening in 1984, and Baron Edmund de Rothschild visited Annapolis Royal at that time, as he had a great interest in renewable energy. While he was here, he was given a tour of the Historic Gardens. So impressed was he, that upon returning home to England, he had a dozen azaleas sent to Annapolis Royal from his own Exbury Gardens, to add to the Historic Gardens collection.
To this day, “The Baron’s Azaleas” , or Exbury azaleas, provide a punch of colour every June!