The Gardens were established 30 years ago on a 17 acre parcel of land overlooking the tidal Annapolis River, adjoining an area first settled in 1605 by the French explorer Sieur de Mons and cartographer Samuel de Champlain. The community originally named Port Royal was variously occupied by the French and the British for over a century until the latter finally took it for the last time and renamed the settlement Annapolis Royal in honour of then-monarch Queen Anne.
shout out by Trip Advisor, as it's currently rated #1 of 158 things to do and see in Nova Scotia. That's a great accomplishment, and a well-deserved one. You can sign up for the regular Bloom Report, which photographer and administrator Trish Fry looks after even in the winter, to keep up with the ever-changing faces of the Gardens. Right now, there are farmer/craft markets taking place every Saturday morning at the Gardens Gift Shop, while the gardens themselves sleep in preparation for spring.
There, doesn't that make us feel a little bit warmer? I hope you'll plan a visit to the Historic Gardens very soon!