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Rose Festival July 1, 2016 - July 10, 2016, 9am-8pm


Friday, July 1 9am-8pm: Canada Day: celebration in the Gardens and around Town

Saturday, July 2 9am-8pm: Kids are FREE on Weekends. Ask for a Scavenger Hunt.

Sunday, July 3 9am-8pm: Kids are FREE on Weekends. Ask for a Scavenger Hunt.

Monday, July 4 1-4pm: Ask a Gardener – Rose Collection

Tuesday, July 5 1-4pm: Ask a Gardener – Rose Collection

Wednesday, July 6 11am: Guided Tour of Historic Gardens
1-4pm: Ask a Gardener – Rose Collection

Thursday, July 7 11am: Guided Tour of Historic Gardens
1-4pm: Ask a Gardener – Rose Collection Friday, July 8 11am: Guided Tour of Historic Gardens
1-4pm: Ask a Gardener – Rose Collection
5-7pm: An Evening of Wine & Roses Wine, refreshments and music in the Historic Gardens.

Saturday, July 9 9am-8pm: Kids are FREE on Weekends. Ask for a Scavenger Hunt.
10am-4pm: Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour
Featuring 8 private properties plus the Historic Gardens.

Sunday, July 10 9am-8pm: Kids are FREE on Weekends. Ask for a Scavenger Hunt.
11am: Guided Tour of Historic Gardens
10am-4pm: Rejuvenation of a Community
Activities celebrating community development in Annapolis Royal.


And don’t forget… Historic Gardens Open Daily 9am – 8pm, with one of the largest Rose Collections in Eastern Canada!

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Wine & Roses July 8, 2016, 5-7pm

Imagine roaming among acres and acres of stunning beauty, 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 8, 2016 from 5-7pm.

IMG_4573 Wine & Roses has become a hallmark community event, occurring on the eve of our popular Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. Thousands of rose blossoms, wine in hand, music in the air… it is simply a magical experience.

Your $15 ticket entitles you to admission, food, and entertainment. Cash bar. If you are a 2016 Gardens Member (yet ANOTHER reason to become a member) you save $5 off that ticket price.

We are also offering a combo deal on Wine & Roses and the House & Garden Tour the following day.

This is a “rain or shine” event. Bring an umbrella and wander the gardens, and we will make good use of the Gardens Interpretive Centre and Elm Tree Café if need be.

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

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Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour July 9, 2016, 10am - 4pm

Join us in historic Annapolis Royal as the community showcases some of its unique gardens and houses in a special Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour on Saturday July 9, 2016.

The event will include a visit to several private properties in Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry where residents have made use of unique designs and materials to create wonderful gardens and landscapes. In addition, most of the featured properties are inviting guests to tour parts of their unique homes. The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens will be a centerpiece of the tour, in prime rose season.

*** 2016 Feature Properties to be announced in early April!

Start your weekend experience in Annapolis Royal with “Wine & Roses”, Friday July 8, 5-7pm, a unique opportunity to explore the Historic Gardens with a glass of wine in hand! We also have a Sunday Series of activities on July 10 , with a number of opportunities for you to experience our community’s past, with a theme of “Rejuvenation of a Community”.

Add a performance at King’s Theatre, visit the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, stroll through the waterfront shopping district, hike along the French Basin Trail, and experience our attractions and museums. And be sure to participate in a Candlelight Graveyard Tour, held each night at 9:30pm.

In Annapolis Royal we are proud of our heritage buildings and for the history held within their walls. We are equally proud to share our gardens and homes, and the stories that they tell.

We hope that you will join us for this unique event.

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25).

Tickets for Wine & Roses are $15. Members and House & Garden Tour Participants can purchase Wine & Roses Tickets at a reduced rate of $10.

Tickets may be purchased at the Historic Gardens, via our Online Store or by calling (902) 532-7018.

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Rejuvenation of a Community July 10, 2016

To cap off a great weekend of activity in Annapolis Royal surrounding the Annual House & Garden Tour, we offer a series of Sunday activities on July 10 that will further immerse you in the rich heritage of Annapolis Royal.

2016 marks the 35th anniversary of a number of important development projects in Annapolis Royal. Sunday’s activities will highlight the rejuvenation of the early eighties and bring attention to important new developments for the future.

Events – to be announced.



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Cradle of Acadie August 1, 2016 - August 15, 2016

The spotlight will be on the Acadian House and 17th century life in the Annapolis Royal area, once the Cradle of Acadie.

La Maison acadienne features the only archeologically authenticated replica of a pre-deportation Acadian dwelling in the Maritime region. The potager is based on original diary notes from the Acadian era, while the orchard and willow hedge are heritage cultivars from the 17th Century. La Maison acadienne is based on a 1671 time period when Port-Royal (later Annapolis Royal) was the centre of Acadie.

A Celebration of Art August 20, 2016 - August 28, 2016

Join us for art themed exhibits and activities with a natural emphasis on art in the garden! Part of the Arts Unleashed community festival.

Grab a Sculpture Map to help you discover all the interesting works of art within the Gardens, created by Nova Scotian artists.

North American Conker Championship October 15, 2016

Conkers is a centuries old British game using chestnuts on strings. Fun for all ages!

Ghost Town - Ghostly Gardens October 21, 2016 - October 31, 2016

A hauntingly good time for the whole family at the Historic Gardens!

As you explore the Ghostly Gardens, check out the Witch's Lair, Bat Cave, Witchsteria Arbour, Giant Spider Web, and much more. And be sure to linger a while in the Musician's Graveyard, where Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Elvis are buried!

Visit by daylight every day, or watch for our special Ghostly Gardens After Dark events (TBA).

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