Date announced for 2018 House & Garden Tour

We invite you to join us July 6-8, 2018 as we Walk in the Footsteps of the Past during House & Garden Tour Weekend in Annapolis Royal.

Friday evening’s Wine & Roses provides a great start to the weekend experience, followed by a walk downtown and a Candlelight Graveyard Tour. The Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, our hallmark event, will fill your Saturday with visits to some of the wonderful properties in Annapolis Royal and surrounding area! And our Sunday series includes a bouquet of “day after” activities to allow you to explore various aspects of this wonderful community. Take a closer look by following the links below!

Friday, July 6, 5-7pmWine & Roses

Saturday, July 7, 10am-4pmAnnapolis Royal House & Garden Tour

Sunday, July 8, 9am-5pm – Sunday Series

Please explore this site to get a taste of the experiences being offered, and plan your weekend in Annapolis Royal now! 

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Weather Update – We’re GOOD!

Have no fear, we are full steam ahead for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour today. Aside from the possibility of a shower or two, it is a nice day and will improve even more. In fact, we are supposed to see MR Sunshine soon!

So please join us for the day. Tickets may be purchased at the Historic Gardens!

More info: https://exploreourgardens.wordpress.com/annapolis-royal-house-garden-tour/

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Sneak Preview – Part 2

This is a sequel to my first post, Sneak Preview – Part 1.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit more of the properties that will be featured on Saturday’s House & Garden Tour (July 8 – link HERE)

As I poked around and chatted with the owners, I came away very excited about the upcoming tour. The various architectural features, and garden features, are just so interesting. Add to that the opportunity for a take-away… a piece of one of these heritage buildings for your very own. And add to ALL that some great “random acts of theatre” compliments of the Annapolis District Drama Group’s cast from The Railway Children, and you can understand why I am so excited.

Here are some photos of that journey…

It’s going to be a great day – hope you can make it. Just hit the “Buy Tickets Online” button on the right hand side of this page to buy online. Or give us a call at 902-532-7018.  Order by end of day July 6 and save!

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Sneak Preview – Part 1

In preparation for our upcoming Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour (July 8, 2017), I have toured several of the feature properties – a sneak preview. All I can say is… Wow! I learned so much that I had never known about these properties (and since I am FROM Annapolis Royal, I had considered myself reasonably knowledgeable about the local houses… lesson learned.) And I also very much enjoyed the glimpse into the interests and hobbies of the current owners, very evident in what they have done with their properties.

Some high points to watch for when you come:

  • a collection of needlework which graces the walls of one home, stitched by the owner. Gorgeous work!
  • some very cool pieces of furniture – some antique, some custom built
  • the various light fixtures and chandeliers were a highlight throughout
  • very unique tilework around some of the old fireplaces
  • garden statuary adds so much character
  • every bit of decor had a purpose and a story for the owners
  • check out the the woodwork – floors, railings, mantles
  • gardens that demonstrate how to battle the urban deer issue, and win!

I will share some random photos with you, to give you just a glimpse of the offering for Saturday’s event. Then I invite you to make plans to head to Annapolis Royal this weekend. Stayed tuned for “Sneak Preview – Part 2” to be released in another day or so. For more information, visit the main House & Garden Tour Page.

So, here we go…

For more information, visit the main House & Garden Tour Page.  To buy your tickets now, hit the “Buy Tickets Now” button on the right hand side of this page. Advance sale price is good through Thursday – full price after that.

 

 

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Sneak Preview – My Favourite Room

I had the pleasure of sneaking a peek inside several of the properties being featured on this year’s House & Garden Tour. Wow! There are a lot of really interesting architectural features… special furniture, art, needlework… and lovely gardens as well. I will share more in a future post, but for this post I just want to tell you about My Favourite Room.

This room is small, on an upper floor. Just big enough for a rocker, a small table, a perhaps a cat curled up on the floor. The late afternoon sun was shining through lacy curtains, casting just enough light. I can picture myself spending hour after hour in this wee room, with a book in one hand and a wine glass in the other. Oh, and maybe the kitty cat would be curled up on my lap too.

 

Ahhhhhh….  my favourite room!

(For details on this event, head over to the Main Website.)

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Check out the 2017 Lineup!

Volunteers and Staff at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens are pleased to announce details for the 2017 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 8, 10am-4pm, highlighting a full weekend of activities.

This year’s edition celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial, featuring properties spanning the past 150 years. Notable highlights include a confederation period Greek Revival, an 1882 brick Queen Anne Revival, two late 1890s homes and an award-winning restoration of the 1913-14 Annapolis Royal Train Station. In addition, visitors will visit two special Riverview Drive gardens, as well as the Historic Gardens where a Victorian Tea will be hosted in the afternoon.

For more information on this year’s lineup, head over to our Feature Property page.

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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATES – July 7-9 2017

 

Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour highlights a full weekend of activities
 

Volunteers and Staff at Canada’s 2015 Garden of the Year in Annapolis Royal are pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 8, 10am-4pm, highlighting a full weekend of activities.
The much anticipated annual House & Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, building on the community’s notable awards for heritage preservation and world class gardens. Participants will enjoy a great mix of garden styles, meet some very knowledgeable gardeners and have a look inside some incredible houses as well. This year’s edition celebrates Canada’s 150th, featuring an 1867 house as well as several other heritage properties.

Under the banner “Walking in the Footsteps of the Past”, this year’s offering spans 3 days (July 7-9), starting with “Wine & Roses” in the Historic Gardens on Friday evening (5pm-7pm), the House & Garden Tour on Saturday (10am-4pm), and a series of activities on Sunday.

Community events add even more excitement to the weekend.

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Wine & Roses Eve

Well it looks like we will have a great crowd Friday evening for Wine & Roses. It is a lovely event, and aside from good music, fine local wines and some great finger food… it is an incredible social event as locals and visitors enjoy the evening together in beautiful surroundings and share stories. We are even expecting a group of folks from the States travelling together on an RV trip.

With 17 acres of gardens to spread out in, even a big crowd is not “crowded”… just nicely active!

The rose garden is looking terrific, and the weather is going to clear mid-day, setting the stage for a beautiful evening.

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For more information, head on over to our Wine & Roses page.

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Sneak Preview – Part 2

And for the second installment of our “Sneak Preview” for the 2016 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, I will give you a glimpse of the Fortier Mills properties in Annapolis Royal.

As mentioned in Sneak Preview – Part 1, I spent some time Wednesday touring the feature properties and chatting with our enthusiastic (and generous) homeowners. What a pleasure it was!

The Fortier Mills neighbourhood in Annapolis Royal is a very new residential development on lands that have a rich heritage. This land was once part of an area called “Hog Island” (although not a true island in nature) and was the location of the local gallows among other things. Then, more recently, when I was very young, it was the location of the Fortier Mill, known for making many things – most of us locals remember the skis and the children’s toys that were manufactured there.

But enough about the past – what is presently here is one of the most beautiful residential developments you will ever see, with a view second to none and a cul-de-sac that has to be the most beautiful ever created.

Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what awaits you there on Saturday:

Fortier Mills

Fortier Mills

 

Columbine

Columbine

 

Charming frog

Charming frog

 

Funky Light

Funky Light

 

Great Chandelier

Great Chandelier

 

What a view

What a view

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

Garden Emoticon

Garden Emoticon

 

Pillar

Pillar

 

Catching the breeze

Catching the breeze

 

A view second to none

A view second to none

 

The nicest cul-de-sac EVER!

The nicest cul-de-sac EVER!

 

Ship in a window

Ship in a window

 

Deer proof!

Deer proof!

 

Garden Ornament

Garden Ornament

 

First Place for Fire Hydrant siting!

First Place for Fire Hydrant siting!

 

Quite the garden shed

Quite the garden shed

 

Another view

Another view

 

And you should see the interiors… oh, but you will on Saturday. Gorgeous houses!

For more information on the 2016 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, head on over to our main event page.  To buy tickets, call the Gardens at 902-532-7018, or hit the “Buy Now” button on your left to purchase online.

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Sneak Preview – Part 1

Wednesday, I had the pleasure of informally touring the properties being featured on Saturday’s House & Garden Tour. What a great time I had, chatting with the homeowners and taking random photos here & there along the way.

The homeowners are infectiously enthusiastic, even as they stress a bit in these last few days of preparing for hundreds of guests to their properties. What a monumental commitment – I can’t imagine getting ready for that kind of company!

The first half of my excursion was along Granville Road, where I stopped at our four heritage properties for 2016. The oldest of these dates back to 1769! All have very unique characteristics, and have been lovingly restored and rejuvenated over the years by various owners along the way. And the gardens surrounding these homes are all quite different as well, and all very beautiful. I could have taken photos for hours, but tried to limit myself a bit.

Here are a few random photos from my Granville Road excursion:

The Township of Granville

The Township of Granville

 

Great Metal Art

Great Metal Art

 

Peaceful

Peaceful

 

1769 construction

1769 construction

 

Muscovy duck

Muscovy duck

 

Back deck

Back deck

 

Ready for work

Ready for work

 

Colourful foliage

Colourful foliage

 

Metal railing by Brad Hall

Metal railing by Brad Hall

 

Metal Art

Metal Art

 

Bird on a perch

Bird on a perch

 

The view from Granville

The view from Granville

 

An owl - by Heather Lawson

An owl – by Heather Lawson

 

Rest area

Rest area

 

The "Ferry House"

The “Ferry House”

 

Taking a break

Taking a break

 

Window panes galore!

Window panes galore!

 

Wishing well

Wishing well

 

My next post will focus on the four Fortier Mills properties – with an entirely different flavour, and modern construction that honours the rich heritage of the area. (Here’s the link to Sneak Preview – Part 2)

For more information on the 2016 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, head on over to our main event page.  To buy tickets, call the Gardens at 902-532-7018, or hit the “Buy Now” button on your left to purchase online.

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