Events & Activities

Garden Experiences 2022

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is home to a variety of unique events and activities in addition to the every day Garden experience. In 2022 we will be joining our garden colleagues across the country in celebrating Canada’s Year of the Garden. In addition to the listed events, we will host a variety of other activities and programming throughout the season. Check back often for further details and listings.

EVERY DAY (June – Sept) – Sculpture in the Gardens

In addition to some permanent artwork, each year different sculptural pieces are selected by a jury of the artists’ peers for display within the Gardens. The artists have graciously loaned and installed their sculptures, resulting in a unique marriage of contemporary sculpture and historic gardens. Some of the work is for sale – please ask our staff for details.

EVERY DAY – Scavenger Hunts for Kidz

The Gardens are a great place for kids – they enjoy the simple things in nature. To keep your youngsters engaged, ask for a scavenger hunt activity.

Guided Tours

Our terrific Volunteer Guides are pleased to offer guided walks in the Gardens. Tour schedule is dependent on availability of volunteers. Please ask upon arrival.

Weddings & Special Gatherings:

You may wish to use the Historic Gardens as a venue for a special occasion… anniversary party, wedding, or family reunion. Call us!

Calendar of Events

Apr 23 – May 8, 9am-5pm         Magnificent Magnolias

The beauty and sweet scent of an impressive community-wide magnolia collection awaits you in the Historic Gardens and throughout Annapolis Royal!

May 7-8, 9am-5pm                    Historic Gardens Season Kickoff

Join us as we launch our official operating season in this special year as Canada celebrates the Year of the Garden. Admission by donation – this weekend only.

May 8, 9am-5pm                       Mother’s Day

Give your mom the gift of flowers by treating her to a day in the Gardens. Admission by donation.

May 28 – June 12, 9am-5pm     Rhapsody of Rhododendrons

Immerse yourself in the beauty of more than 100 rhododendrons and azaleas in the Historic Gardens, including many bred in Nova Scotia!

June 11-19, 9am-5pm               Canada’s Garden Days

Join us for plant inspired activities and events as we celebrate gardens and gardening in Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022.

June 15, 4pm                           Guided Photo Walk (Nature Photography Day)

Bring along your camera and join us for a guided photo walk on #naturephotographyday

June 19, 9am-5pm                    Father’s Day

Treat Dad to some family activities in the Gardens.

June 21, 9am-5pm                    #nationalselfieday in the Gardens

Bring along your camera and grab some great selfies at our designated “Selfie Spots”.

July 1, 9am-5pm                       Canada Day ~ Gardens Style!

Head in to the Gardens for some family fun in celebration of Canada’s Birthday.

June 25 – July 10, 9am-5pm     Celebrating Roses

Join us for tours & activities in celebration of one of the largest rose collections in Eastern Canada!

July 16-31, 9am-5pm                Dreaming of Daylilies

Be inspired by the vibrant colours of our pondside daylily collection, interspersed with the cool blues of hydrangeas.

July 29 – Aug 1, 9am-5pm        Natal Day Weekend ~ Gardens Style!

Take in some music and family fun in celebration of Annapolis Royal’s Natal Day.

Aug 1-15, 9am-5pm                  Explore the Cradle of Acadie

Explore the past as the spotlight shines on the Acadian House and 17th century life in the Annapolis Royal area, once the Cradle of Acadie.

August 13-21, 9am-5pm            Inspired by Art

Enjoy art themed exhibits and activities with a natural emphasis on art in the garden!

August 13-14, 9am-5pm           Paint the Town ~ Gardens Style!

Watch artists at work painting their favourite scenes in Annapolis Royal and the Gardens, then buy your favourites!  An Arts Council (ARCAC) event.

August 19, 4pm                        Guided Photo Walk (World Photo Day)

Bring along your camera and join us for a guided photo walk on #worldphotoday

August 27, Time TBA               Creative & Sustainable – An Open Garden Tour

Learn about many aspects of sustainable gardening as you visit private gardens in and around Annapolis Royal, meeting gardeners in our community who are doing some very cool stuff!

Sept 3-5, 9am-5pm                   Family Weekend in the Gardens

Head to the Gardens for some family time before the kids head back to school. Be sure to plan on taking some family photos at the same time.

September 11, 9am-5pm           Grandparents Day

Bring Nanny & Grampie to enjoy family activities with you in the Gardens.

September 3-11, 9am-5pm        Innovations in Edible Gardening

Get ideas for your own garden through tours and activities focused on edible gardening in the backyard, with the Innovative Garden serving as inspiration.

October 15, 10am                     North American Conker Championship

GO NUTS as you try your hand at Conkers, a centuries old British game using chestnuts on strings. Become a champion! Fun for all ages.

October 15-30, 9am-5pm          A Symphony of Fall Colour

Spend time in the Gardens in late October to enjoy the best of fall colour in a garden setting.

To be announced…

Wine Evenings: We expect to have several wine & food events in July and August. Stay tuned…

Music in the Gardens: There will be a number of intimate musical performances in the Gardens through the summer season. Details TBA.

Guest Speakers: From time to time we have expert speakers available to us on a variety of horticultural topics. Those will be listed here as they are booked.

Haunted Gardens: We are not yet certain whether this event will be possible. If you are interested in volunteering to help with it, please contact us.