Time to change the name from ‘along the gardens path’, to ‘through the gardens fence’…

After a wonderful hiatus, winter arrived in Nova Scotia with a vengeance! I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to get a fresh outlook on the Gardens but the weather (particularly the roads), weren’t cooperating and I had to stay in Bedford. The next morning I enthusiastically make my way into town, only to find the gates sealed and the Gardens temporarily(?) closed, due to the deep encrusted snow covering the paths. That didn’t daunt me (I take my job seriously), so I walked around the perimeter of the Gardens and took photos through the fence.

The allée along South Park St.

Someone was trudging through that snow, though by the time I made it into the Gardens, they were closed.

Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' ( Camperdown elm) by the Soldier's memorial.

These are those 'bones' I featured last week, dressed completely different.

Ducks on Griffin's pond at the Halifax Public Gardens.

This could be the middle of February, but that isn't ice covering Griffin's pond, just snow... lot's of it!

The lower bridge with a fading Quercus rubra (Red oak) beside it, at the Halifax Public Gardens.

Some of the last leaves still clinging to the trees are those on the different Quercus (oak trees) species around the Gardens.

Morus alba 'Pendula' (weeping mulberry) in the foreground with the bandstand behind.

I find weeping trees particularly beautiful with a mantilla on snow covering their crowns.

The gates at Horticultural Hall Plaza.

On December 15 from 5-7PM, these gates will open once more and Horticultural Hall will be decked out for the Christmas/ Holiday season social. All are welcome!

The Grotto at the Halifax Public Gardens.

Built in 1876, the Grotto was built as a drinking fountain near the first public lawn tennis court in Canada (which is now the family lawn).

Looking toward the bandstand and the statue of Diana from Spring Garden Rd.

Winter wonderland. You would only get this view in the winter when the leaves have fallen off the trees.

Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore maple) on Summer St.

This large Acer (Maple) is crowding the fence and causing it to bulge. If a tree isn't planted straight , it'll grow at an angle forever. Imagine having our mistakes highlighted for so long!

Quercus robur 'Concordia' (Yellow English oak) by the duck house.

The merging of two seasons. This unusual Quercus robur 'Concordia' (Yellow English oak), shows it's colors best in the fall (though it's leaves are golden all summer.

Shadow of the perimeter wrought iron fence at the Halifax Public Gardens.

Through the Gardens fence... good thing my camera is small and fits through the gaps in the fence.

Wreath in progress inside the polyhouse .

The multi talented Glen (he's also the carpet bed guy), is assembling the biggest wreath I've even seen. It will hang on the main gates.

 Weather permitting, the Gardens will re-open for one more week. On December 2 the gates will close for the season. Once the Gardens are closed, I will only be posting photos once a month until the Gardens re-open in April. That’s only 4 months away! It’s almost time to start

planning next year’s flowers (that’s already been done by the pro’s at the Gardens)!


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