Calling all Artists!

Seeking 2017 Garden Sculptures.


Ten years ago, in partnership with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, the Historic Gardens started incorporating sculpture into the Gardens on a seasonal basis. As with everything in the Historic Gardens, the Sculpture Project is growing and blossoming each season. Past seasonal installations have included creations by Nova Scotian artists: Alexis Doiron, Brad Hall, Alexa Jaffurs, Michelle Heron and Jan Hull to name a few. In addition to these installations, the Gardens has several semi-permanent pieces including a “living sculpture” created by Dawn MacNutt using live willow and the magnificent “Dance of the Blue Heron” sculpture by Gerald Jank that now graces our front lawn!


Each piece has been sited perfectly within the 10 acres of gardens, allowing the artwork to both enhance its surroundings and to be enhanced by the gardens around it. The resulting marriage of gardens and sculpture has been met with great enthusiasm from Historic Gardens visitors.

We are now pleased to call for Expressions of Interest from artists for garden sculpture for the 2017 season. Deadline for submissions: Mar 3 2017. Download a PDF below! 

Download: Expressions of interest 2017



2015 Photo Contest & Exhibit

Calling all Shutterbugs!

The time is upon us to start collecting our best photos for the 2015 Annapolis Royal Photo Contest & Exhibit.

Camera Guys

  • Got some great shots of people enjoying Natal Day?
  • Got some great photos in the Historic Gardens? Well, c’mon down and get some more!
  • Got some other cool shots from around Annapolis Royal? I bet there are more special scenes awaiting you and your camera!


So… grab that camera and get out there. Shoot, shoot, shoot and then select your best and submit them for our annual Photo Contest. There are various competitive categories, and we accept non-competitive entries as well for exhibit.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday August 12, 2015. Photos will be exhibited at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and the O’Dell House Museum August 15–31.

Call 532-7018 or email for entry information,

Download Rules/Guidelines and Entry Form HERE.

Historic Gardens recognized by Tripadvisor

HISTORIC GARDENS Inducted into TRIPADVISOR  ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site


Gardens Visitors study the Orientation Map in the Main Courtyard

May 20, 2015 – Annapolis Royal, NS – The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner.  The Certificate of Excellence award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

Trish Fry, Manager of the Historic Gardens, notes how pleased the staff and volunteers are with this latest award. “Being recognised by one’s customers is really the best kind of recognition – they are the reason we do this. We are very proud of these Gardens, and of the positive comments we receive from our visitors each and every day.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

This recognition follows on the heels of a number of awards for the Historic Gardens, including their recent selection as Canada’s 2015 Gardens of the Year.


Celebrating Magnolias in Annapolis Royal

Magnolia 'Legacy' in the Historic Gardens

Magnolia ‘Legacy’ in the Historic Gardens

Magnolias are popping out all over Annapolis Royal, and in the Historic Gardens. We invite you to visit our community… a feast for the senses!

For more information on some special events, or to download a map of the Town’s magnolia collection, please follow this link to the Celebrating Magnolias website.

We look forward to welcoming you!


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Employment Opportunities at the Historic Gardens – 2015

Employment Opportunities at the Historic Gardens – 2015

Employment Opportunities
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

Cafe Supervisor: Application Deadline Friday May 15.
We are seeking a creative and talented foodie to help us provide a great visitor experience at the Elm Tree Café. The Café Supervisor will work in all aspects of the café service – ordering, food prep and serving, and must have experience and qualifications in foodservice. The position will require front line work and customer interaction as well as supervision. Full time, seasonal. An exciting opportunity to help us shape & develop this Garden experience for our visitors!

Horticultural Assistant: Application Deadline Friday May 15.
We are looking for an experienced, energetic and knowledgeable gardener to join the horticultural team for Canada’s Garden of the Year. You will assist in all aspects of garden care as well as horticultural management. Full time, seasonal. Must have experience and qualifications in ornamental horticulture. Further inquiries:

Maintenance Person: Application Deadline Friday May 15.
We need a handy individual with a broad skill set to look after maintenance and upkeep of buildings & infrastructure at the Historic Gardens as well as our gardening equipment. Duties will be varied, including regular maintenance as well as required repairs and some special projects and improvements. Full time, seasonal (variable hours) with some part time in the winter months.

Student Employment – Visitor Services: Application Deadline Friday May 15.
We are accepting applications from enthusiastic students with great people skills who would like to join our team for the summer months, working in the many aspects of visitor services. The Historic Gardens was recently named Canada’s Garden of the Year, and part of that award is from our terrific level of service. A wonderful opportunity to work in a beautiful environment and interact with thousands of people from all over the world.

Student Employment – Acadian Guide: Application Deadline Friday May 15.
We are seeking an enthusiastic student with an interest in Acadian history to provide costumed guide services at the Acadian House. Must have strong oral skills in both English and French, as well as great people skills. Acadian ancestry an asset. A great work experience as you share this very important part of our past with visitors from around the world.

Apply on or before May 15 by email to or fax (902) 532-7445. Phone 902-532-7018 for information.

Historic Gardens
441 St George Street, P.O. Box 278
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0

Historic Gardens Spring Cleanup Week – April 20-25, 2015

Historic Gardens Spring Cleanup Week – April 20-25, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Historic Gardens Spring Clean-up – April 20-25

The Tradition Continues!

Mark April 20-25 (Mon-Sat) on your calendar, and try to find some time to join staff and volunteers at Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens for this year’s long awaited Spring Clean-up. After a very very long winter, the Gardens crew is faced with much abbreviated spring season, and opening day is only a few short weeks away. We could really use some help!


A community tradition, the first “Spring Clean-up” at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens occurred in April 1987. The initial concept arose as an offer from several Board members to volunteer on a Saturday in April to help the horticultural staff with the extensive clean-up that awaited after a long winter. The Board decided that they should publicize this “event” in case there were a few others in the community who might offer assistance. What resulted was beyond all expectations. The Gardens’ Spring Clean-up instantly became a major spring event in the community. Annually, some 70-100 people from dozens of communities in the Western Valley have donned their rubber boots and garden gloves, loaded their rakes and wheelbarrows in the car, and headed to the Gardens to help out.


Years later, the Gardens Clean-up has expanded to a week-long event. For many volunteers, this event is the first rite of spring – a true sign that the gardening season is underway. It motivates them to begin their own yardwork and gardening tasks, yet they are still generous enough to spend time at the gardens even though their own yards are calling. Volunteers find it a great opportunity to learn from Gardens staff, and our staff very much enjoy working side by side with the many volunteers. As one volunteer stated recently “What a wonderful opportunity it is to volunteer for Spring Clean-Up Week at the Historic Gardens! Not only does it feel great to be able to give back to this most beautiful corner-stone of our community, but it’s a fantastic learning opportunity too.”


Join the 2015 Historic Gardens Spring Cleanup efforts April 20-25 (Mon-Sat) 9am-4pm. Typical shifts are 9-12 or 1-4 each day. You can work several shifts during the week, or if you only have an hour to give, we’d love to have you join us and help as you can!  It makes a great family outing – an opportunity to work outdoors with your kids and teach them the value of volunteering at the same time.


Further information on the Clean-up can be obtained by calling the Gardens office at 532-7018 or by emailing admin <at sign>