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Halifax Public Gardens by George Cousins

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Located in the centre of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the 16-acre Public Gardens are one of the few remaining Victorian public gardens in North America. Originally started in 1836, a second set was established in 1867 and the two were unified into the present site in 1874. During the tenure of head gardener Richard Power, from 1872 to 1915, many new features were added: the bandstand, fountains, statues and wrought iron gates. All were basic features of a High Victorian Pleasure Garden and all honoured some event such as a milestone in Queen Victoria’s reign, a military event, or an important local event or person.
The Halifax Public Gardens were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984, and are open to the public from May to November, the actual dates being somewhat subject to prevailing weather conditions. During the season, they are a mecca for residents and tourists alike, being in the middle of the downtown area, surrounded by shopping, hotels, theatres, apartments and within easy walking distance of the waterfront.

Taken June 27, 2007 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.


  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Oh how beautiful George, such a lovely capture….looks oh so peaceful and relaxing. Well done and great write up as usual !!

  • Thanks Sean..the Gardens are one of my favourite places back east, I first went to them when I was 18..OMG..60 years ago! LOL! Been there innumerable times since and always enjoy the peace and serenity, even in the summer when there’s lots of visitors.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Lovely scene, George. Great capture and great write up. Very interesting. I think I could handle a little wander around these gardens!

  • Thanks Mike. They are really worth visiting, and right in the heart of the city. I think the locals use them as much as the tourists, just walk across a street from an apartment or hotel,

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo of the gardens, George!

  • Many thanks, and I’m glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyabout 5 years ago

    I like the look of here too.

  • Thanks Marilyn, I lived in Halifax for many years before I came to the Pacific Coast but I always go back to visit.

    – George Cousins

  • MikeCarroll
    MikeCarrollabout 4 years ago

    Grand photo of the gardens that i still need to visit. Richard Power was my GreatGreat Grandfather

  • Hi Mike, glad to meet you, and to hear of your ancestry. Everyone who visits the Gardens owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I lived in the Halifax area for over 20 years and still go back every year. If you can, visit in July thru September. Best weather and the gardens are at their peak.

    – George Cousins

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellalmost 4 years ago

    Please consider adding this to All Glorious Gardens. We’ve launched the group today and your work would be wonderful in the group!

  • It’s added Marilyn, thank you!

    – George Cousins

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago

    This is a delightful shot George. Halifax didn’t look much like this at Christmas time in 1960
    when I was there on the ‘Port Fairy’……….lol!

  • I can relate to that,Roy. in 1960 I was a tech. rep. for General Electric at the Greenwood air base in the Annapolis Valley and had to go into Maritime Command HQ in Halifax every few weeks. Not the time of year to wander through the! We were probably muttering about the snow at the same time !!

    – George Cousins

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