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Spring Clean-up Week April 14, 2014 - April 19, 2014, 9am-4pm

Spring Clean-up Week - Apr 14-17, and 19 (not on Good Friday)

Our Spring Clean-up Week gets the gardening season off to a great start in April. (Last year over 50 volunteers donated a total of more than 200 hours).

This is your chance to work alongside our experienced gardeners and give them a hand getting the gardens all cleaned up and ready for spring.

Easter Eggstravaganza - Family GeoQuest April 19, 2014, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us in Annapolis Royal for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza - a fun day of activities for the whole family.

At the Historic Gardens, we offer a Family Geo-Quest starting at 3:30pm. Families will explore the Gardens using GPS units, to find various hidden clues.

GPS units and basic instruction available, so if you have never tried this type of activity, here's your chance.

Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market April 19, 2014, 9am-12noon

Join us in our 5th season of the Winter Farmers Market at the Historic Gardens.

More than a dozen vendors will be on hand all winter long to ensure we all have access to local food products: meat, fish, veggies & fruit, eggs, locally roasted coffee, baked goods, jams & jellies, and lots more.

Every Saturday 9-12 from October 19 through May 10.

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Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market April 26, 2014, 9am-12noon

Join us in our 5th season of the Winter Farmers Market at the Historic Gardens.

More than a dozen vendors will be on hand all winter long to ensure we all have access to local food products: meat, fish, veggies & fruit, eggs, locally roasted coffee, baked goods, jams & jellies, and lots more.

Every Saturday 9-12 from October 19 through May 10.

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Celebrating Magnolias May 1, 2014 - May 15, 2014

Save the Date!

Events and tours in the Historic Gardens and throughout Annapolis Royal and area, in celebration of magnolias!

An annual highlight is the Rare & Unusual Plant Sale, Saturday May 10 from 1-4pm at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market down by the wharf. A great gathering of growers from across the Province will have all sorts of incredible plant material for sale.

Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market May 3, 2014, 9am-12noon

Join us in our 5th season of the Winter Farmers Market at the Historic Gardens.

More than a dozen vendors will be on hand all winter long to ensure we all have access to local food products: meat, fish, veggies & fruit, eggs, locally roasted coffee, baked goods, jams & jellies, and lots more.

Every Saturday 9-12 from October 19 through May 10.

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Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market May 10, 2014, 9am-12noon

Join us for the last Winter Market of the season at the Historic Gardens. Next week the Summer Market will begin in downtown Annapolis Royal.

More than a dozen vendors will be on hand all winter long to ensure we all have access to local food products: meat, fish, veggies & fruit, eggs, locally roasted coffee, baked goods, jams & jellies, and lots more.

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Historic Gardens Season Kickoff May 10, 2014 - May 11, 2014, 9am-5pm

Spring comes FIRST to Annapolis Royal!

Join us as the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens officially open for the 2014 season.

Spring blossoms will be well underway, and the magnolias will be a highlight. The fresh greens of new growth all over the gardens, signs of the new growing season ahead of us. It's a beautiful time to visit the Gardens, and experience an early taste of Spring.

And what a terrific time to visit our local nurseries, throughout the Valley, and start picking up some special treasures for your own garden. Don't forget the Rare & Unusual Plant Sale on May 10, 1-4 at the Farmers Market.

Admission by donation – this weekend only! Or take this opportunity to pick up your Annual Membership so you can visit as often as you like all year long, and experience the highlights of EVERY season.

19th Annual Historic Gardens Dinner & Auction May 25, 2014, 4:00pm - 9:00pm

A community tradition since 1996!

19th Annual Spring Dinner & Auction Sunday, May 25, starting at 4pm Annapolis Royal Legion & Community Centre

This gala is one of the largest auctions of premium horticultural material in Nova Scotia, with a wonderful selection of artwork, gift items, meals and services up for bid as well.

Tickets $40 per person. Advance sales only.

Tickets & Information: http://historicgardensauction.wordpress.com/ or 532-7018.

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Panayoti Kelaidis: Great Rock Gardens & Plants of Eastern North America June 4, 2014, 4:30pm

Panayoti Kelaidis: Great Rock Gardens & Plants of Eastern North America

The second talk in our Spring Speaker Series.

Panayoti Kelaidis is the Senior Curator and Outreach Director at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He designed plantings for the world famous Rock Garden at the DBG. He is a plant explorer and has introduced many plants into horticulture. His talk will be fun and you’ll probably have to buy more plants for your garden.

$10 per person. (Free for Gardens Members)

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Celebrating Canada's Garden Days June 13, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Celebrating the role and benefits of gardens in our communities as esthetic, environmental, recreational, cultural and tourism experiences. Further details TBA.

Annapolis Royal Rose Festival June 28, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Events, tours & activities in celebration of one of the largest rose collections in Eastern Canada!

Canada Day ~ Gardens Style July 1, 2014

Children’s activities, music and fun in celebration of Canada Day.

An Evening of Wine & Roses July 4, 2014, 5pm-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 a jazzy saxophone... you've just imagined yourself at "Wine & Roses", a special evening in the Gardens Friday July 4, 5-7pm

Be sure to take in the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour the following day (Sat July 5) as well as the many other things to see and do.

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

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Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour July 5, 2014, 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 5, 2014.

The event will include a visit to several private properties where residents have made use of unique designs and materials to create wonderful gardens and landscapes. In addition, some 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, with the Horticulturist on hand to provide a guided tour.

Start your weekend experience in Annapolis Royal with “Wine & Roses”, Friday, July 4, 5-7pm, a unique opportunity to explore the Historic Gardens with a glass of wine in hand! Add First Friday celebrations in the downtown, a visit to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, stroll through the waterfront shopping district, hike along the French Basin Trail, and experience our attractions and museums.

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 $25. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $20).

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

Tickets & Information: www.ExploreOurGardens.com or 532-7018.

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Natal Day Weekend ~ Gardens Style August 1, 2014 - August 4, 2014

A weekend of children’s activities, music and fun in celebration of Annapolis Royal’s Natal Day.

Explore the Cradle of Acadie August 1, 2014 - August 15, 2014

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

Acadian Kitchen Party August 5, 2014, 5pm-8pm

Yes, it’s back!

Plan to visit the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5-8pm for the annual Acadian Kitchen Party. In two years, this “new” annual event has become a summer highlight!

Experience a unique evening in the mid-summer Gardens surrounded by the dynamic sound of an Acadian kitchen band! It will be a toe-tapping time – you won’t be able to sit still! Enjoy nibbles with an Acadian flair and Nova Scotia wine, beer, and cider. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket so you can relax, settle in and enjoy the evening!

Children are welcome to enjoy this licensed event with their families! Please note: Minors under age 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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The Acadian Kitchen Party is a wonderful cultural event that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Be sure to experience it for yourself!

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A Celebration of Art August 16, 2014 - August 24, 2014

Join us for art themed exhibits and activities in the Gardens, with a natural emphasis on art in the garden and botanical art.

Annapolis Royal Photo Contest & Exhibit August 16, 2014 - September 1, 2014

A wonderful look at the Historic Gardens and other highlights in Annapolis Royal through the eyes of amateur photographers. Submission Deadline: August 8.

Celebrating Paint the Town August 16, 2014 - August 17, 2014

Watch artists at work painting their favourite scenes - a wonderful opportunity to view the Gardens through the eyes of an artist! Head down to the Legion to have a look at all the day’s artwork and to buy a treasure or two in support of the Arts Council.

Celebrating Wharf Rat Rally August 29, 2014 - September 1, 2014

Come to the Gardens for some very special themed events in celebration of this great motorcycle rally!

GHOST TOWN October 17, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Annapolis Royal will become a Ghost Town in October. Be sure to visit… If you dare!

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Ghostly Gardens... After Dark! October 17, 2014 - October 31, 2014

The Historic Gardens will take on an amazing transformation in late October in celebration of GHOST TOWN. the Ghostly Gardens by daylight, or better yet, join us AFTER DARK. For six special evenings (Fri-Sun), you are invited to experience these Ghostly Gardens After Dark. Enter the Witch’s Lair to see how she lives (she loves visitors…), gather around the Bonfire and share Ghost Stories, grab a lantern and check out the awesome creatures inhabiting the Gardens, and become a Hallowe’en archaeologist in our Bone Dig (dem bones, dem bones). Lots of fun for the whole family!

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North American Conkers Championship October 18, 2014

Conkers is a centuries old British Game using the hard brown seed of the horse chestnut tree threaded on a length of string. Join us for the 3rd Annual North American Conker Championship – guaranteed to be loads of fun!

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