Wine & Roses – Friday July 5

Tomorrow is the big day – well one of them. This weekend is full of big days, really.

One of the highlights of our House & Garden Tour Weekend is definitely Wine & Roses, Friday July 5, 5pm-7pm.

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Imagine roaming among acres of stunning beauty in the unique setting of Canada’s Garden of the Year, wine glass in hand and the sweet aroma of roses in the air, while you listen to the sultry sounds of jazz… you’ve just imagined yourself at “Wine & Roses”, a special evening in the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens on Friday July 5, 5-7pm.

Wine & Roses has become a hallmark community event, occurring on the eve of the popular Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. Thousands of rose blossoms, wine in hand, music in the air… it is simply a magical experience.

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Your $20 ticket entitles you to admission, food, and entertainment. Cash bar. If you are a 2019 Gardens Member (yet ANOTHER reason to become a member) you save $5 off that ticket price. For even greater value there is a combo deal on Wine & Roses and the House & Garden Tour the following day. Please check www.ExploreOurGardens.com for details.

This is a “rain or shine” event. Bring an umbrella and wander the gardens, or find shelter in the Gardens Interpretive Centre and Elm Tree Café.

Wine & Roses provides a unique opportunity to enjoy one of Nova Scotia’s treasures! Tickets may be purchased online, at the Historic Gardens, or by calling the Gardens at (902) 532-7018.

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Sneak Preview – Part 4 – Home Port

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Circa 1997, HOME PORT is a testament to hard labour, excellent design and love of gardening. Wayne and Karen have systematically created a collection of garden rooms: the Park, the Woodland, the Rock  Garden, the Pool Garden, the Deck Garden, the Vegetable Garden and the Conifer Room. Within these rooms, take delight in the roses, the magnolias, the Japanese maples, the berry bushes, the ruby red chestnut. Take note of the ancient low rock wall surrounding the property and of Karen’s China tea cups and hooked rugs inside the home.

When I visited Wayne & Karen last week, they were hard at it… but they were happy to take some time to show me around. As beautiful as their property already is, they clearly are always looking at ways to add and improve. New developments, like a pond, are evident and they talked about several plant additions they were planning. Definitely a labour of love for both of them, and the results are awesome. I took a good number of photos – every corner held a new discovery! I will share a few…

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There are a number of hidden treasures like this rest area.

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This little piggy caught my eye.

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Driftwood has been incorporated into their gardens in many ways – the markings on this piece were very interesting.

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These stepping stones were hand made.

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Another great piece of driftwood.

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A door to somewhere?

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The market at the end of their road indicates the old cemetery located behind them.

To see for yourself, you can buy tickets for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour by calling 902-532-7018 or online at the following link: https://historic-gardens-shop.myshopify.com/collections/special-events-bookings

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25 any time).

For more on the other feature properties, link over to: Feature Properties.

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Sneak Preview – Part 3 – NIKIAN Farm

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Niki and Ian proudly boast their 90% food self-sufficiency.  Their gardens occupy a good deal of their time and their evolving natural garden, says Niki, is becoming “a model for me as an aging gardener”. In 2002, they began to convert a horse operation into a vast array of vegetables, orchards, perennials and a rice paddy. Rare plants, innovation, solar power and education are important parts of what they do.

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I spent some time at their place last week and had a lovely chat as well. they are so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do!

Here are a few shots…

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One of the many incredible gardens located on this property.

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This sculpture caught my eye.

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“Hope” is very much the hostess!

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Sustainability is at the core of everything they do.

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These windows reminded me of another property on the Tour – The Academy!

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Steps to…

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Gardeners at work!

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Lupins and fencing – definitely a farm flavour to this property!

To see for yourself, you can buy tickets for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour by calling 902-532-7018 or online at the following link: https://historic-gardens-shop.myshopify.com/collections/special-events-bookings

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25 any time).

For more on the other feature properties, link over to: Feature Properties.

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Sneak Preview – Part 2 – Willett House

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Adrian and Margaret’s grand vision for their garden is “to stop expanding”! With over 2 acres of gardens that include 500 labelled hostas and a vast day lily collection, you will be hard-pressed to see any indication of this vision in progress. Their 200 year old house is a show stopper of meticulous restoration, housing an equally lovely collection of antique furniture and art representing the 1750s to the present. Note especially the urn collection and the original woodwork throughout.

I had the pleasure of touring their property recently. The gardens are incredible, with every plant identified too. And the interior of the house is just gorgeous, so lovingly restored and filled with wonderful artwork and furnishings. I took a ton of photos, but I will share only a few – you really experience it for yourself!

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The stone columns signify you have arrived!

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Each plant is identified so you can take a photo and ask at your local nursery.

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A lovely patio area in the back.

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Looking up… a worm’s-eye view of a great Brad Hall sculpture they have incorporated into their back garden.

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Shady rest area…

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This is one of my favourite finds – I love the ripples!

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The door knocker caught my eye.

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Margaret & Adrian kindly allowed me to take and share a photo of this lamp – they envy of all of Granville Ferry for sure.

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The view from the front door.

To see for yourself, you can buy tickets for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour by calling 902-532-7018 or online at the following link: https://historic-gardens-shop.myshopify.com/collections/special-events-bookings

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25 any time).

For more on the other feature properties, link over to: Feature Properties.

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Sneak Preview – Part 1 – The Academy

A little more about one of the highlight properties on our 2019 House & Garden Tour…

The Academy – Annapolis Royal

Formerly the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy, this heritage gem has been lovingly repurposed by developer Tim Tanner into condos, while one wing was developed by the community to house a gym, new Library, music room, innovation lab and food bank. Together, the Town and developer demonstrated that rural communities are capable of repurposing and breathing new life into historic buildings, and that when you have community buy-in, the sky’s the limit!

Three condo owners have graciously offered their homes as part of our House & Garden Tour. In addition, the new state-of-the-art Library & Community Hub will be available for viewing, and refreshments can be enjoyed in the front garden area that is currently under development.

A sneak preview of what you will see:

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One of the condos on show has a deck that is the envy of many!

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Another of the condos on tour takes full advantage of the incredible front windows!

New Library

Staff and volunteers of the new town library will be on hand to talk about this state-of-the-art facility which includes a library, community hub, innovation lab, music room, and even a cafe!

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Did we mention that there is even a cafe? The condo owners love having easy access to such delicious food…

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The front garden is under development, as the condo owners work together on a sustainable vision for the future. Meanwhile, this lovely area will be the site of a refreshment stop for tour participants.

Below are some “before” shots provided by Heather McCormick, which give a glimpse of all that was involved in this development.

For further information on the story of The Academy, head over to their Facebook Page.

And to see for yourself, you can buy tickets for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour by calling 902-532-7018 or online at the following link: https://historic-gardens-shop.myshopify.com/collections/special-events-bookings

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25 any time).

For more on the other feature properties, link over to: Feature Properties.

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Feature Properties 2019

We are pleased to announce the selection of properties to be featured on the 2019 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. We have a mix of styles and settings, as well as a few surprises along your journey.

Please read more on our Feature Property page.

In the coming days we will provide sneak previews for you of these properties. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, a couple photos…

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Save the Date – July 6, 2019

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The Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour date has been set, so mark it in your calendars now – Saturday, July 6, 2019. In fact, plan to spend the weekend!

The theme of this year’s tour will be Innovation and Transformation, with feature properties in Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry ranging from heritage restoration, to modern construction, to heritage properties that have been transformed to give them a new life and purpose. We don’t want to give away too much at this point… we will announce more about our feature properties in the spring.

Book a room locally soon so that you can enjoy the House & Garden Tour as well as the iconic “Wine & Roses” event the evening before and some of our Sunday Series of activities on the day after the House & Garden Tour.

July 5-7 is the perfect weekend for an Annapolis Royal getaway weekend.

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House & Garden Tour – Sneak Preview!

I had the opportunity to have an advance tour of the 2018 feature properties of the July 7 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. Wow! What a great selection, and such enthusiastic homeowners as well. Add to that a host of welcoming volunteer docents and the day promises to be a wonderful experience.

The properties vary from “urban” (if there can be such a thing in wee Annapolis Royal) to “rural” which of course can include many area gardens. With this diversity, this year’s event has been subtitled “Town & Country”. It will  be a City Mouse, Country Mouse type of experience, showcasing the best of both worlds.

Here is a slideshow, with a few photos from my travels…

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The feature properties are open from 10am-4pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal or by calling 902-532-7018.

For further information, use the menu navigation at the top of this page.

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Wine & Roses – Rain or Shine!

Join us Friday evening for Wine & Roses, where you can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres in the most beautiful of surroundings while chatting with friends and enjoying the music of Noelle Lucas.

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The weather forecast is looking a bit dodgy, but we are hoping for the best. If it decides to rain on our parade we will move food and wine service to the Cafe and Interpretive Centre. Bring an umbrella so you can stroll the Gardens comfortably in either case.

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Oh yes, and something new this year in addition to great local wine and tasty treats from the Elm Tree Cafe… we will have local hard cider as well by Casanova.

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If you did not buy your ticket in advance, don’t fret – we will have tickets available at the door. Or give us a call at 902-532-7018 to pre-purchase.

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2018 Feature Properties Announced!

We are pleased to announce the selection of properties to be featured on the 2018 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. We have a mix of styles and settings, as well as a few surprises along your journey.

Please read more on our Feature Property page.

And here, to tantalize, are some random shots from the 2018 Feature Properties, as submitted by the homeowners.

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