Magnolia time in Annapolis Royal.

What a sweet, sweet smell… and the colours are beautiful.

We invite you to stroll our community and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Please download a Self-guided Magnolia Map HERE.

Merrill Magnolia

For more information on the area, please follow these links:

Celebrating Magnolias

May 1-17, 2015


Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 & 10,

the Historic Gardens open for the season.

(For these two special days only,

you can visit the Gardens on an “Admission by Donation” basis.)


Rare & Unusual Horticultural Seminar

Saturday May 16, 12:30-5pm

St Luke’s Church Hall

(Registration 902-532-7777)


Rare and Unusual Plant Sale

Sunday May 17, 1:00 – 4:00pm 

at the Farmers Market by the Wharf.


Grab a coffee and some treats

at the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market,

Saturday, May 2 and May 9, 9am – 12noon at the Historic Gardens,

or on May 16, 8am-1pm as the Summer Farmers Market

opens for the season downtown.


Please pick up a Self-Guided Map of Annapolis Royal’s magnolias,

available at the Historic Gardens, 441 St. George St.


Download your copy HERE

Oh, the sweet smell of the magnolias… all over Annapolis Royal! And the colours… pinks, yellows, purples and the purest of whites!

Annapolis Royal is Celebrating Magnolias May 1-15 2013, and we invite YOU to join us.

May 5th – June 2: At ArtsPlace, enjoy a mixed media show Inspired by Magnolias’  in the Chapel Gallery. This show is always fun – so diverse are everyone’s interpretations – from paintings to sculpture, to needlework. For further information contact  Annapolis Region Community Arts Council  396 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal. telephone (902) 532-7069,

And don’t forget to grab a coffee and some treats at the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market, Saturday, May 4 and May 11, 9:00a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Historic Gardens.

Mothers’ Day weekend, May 11 & 12, the Historic Gardens are open for the season. (For 2 days only, you can visit the Gardens on a special  “Admission by Donation” basis.)  Recently named one of the five best public gardens to visit in North America, its rose and historically interpreted gardens are of note;  so too its magnolia and tree collections .   There is more than one reason to take an hour Saturday or Sunday to wander the grounds.

Inspiration and enticements do not end here.   1:00 – 4:00p.m.  Saturday May 11th, at the Farmers Market by the Wharf, is the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale.  Organized by Jill Covill of Bunchberry Nurseries and Kristl Walek of Gardens North Seeds, it has become a much anticipated spring tradition for gardeners across Nova Scotia.   The offerings by the passionate plants people coming are rare and unusual for dedicated and novice gardeners all.  Just to walk from table to table listening will be worth the visit. Ribbon cutting is strictly set for 1:00p.m. Be prepared for a lineup as well as for finding yet more space in your car and garden plot.

ARTsPLACE Artist-run Centre is pleased to announce that artist Sarah will be at ARTsPLACE Gallery for a 2 weekend residency in May, during the Magnolia season. Sarah will be in Annapolis Royal 11-14th May and 18-21st May. She will be creating studies towards a body of work which will be exhibited at ARTsPLACE in 2014. During her two weekend residence Sarah Maloney will be working on creating waxes modeled from magnolia flowers that will be used to cast components for a suite of new bronze sculptures.

The trees in Annapolis Royal  are glorious now.  But- another delight of the magnolia family is the length of its flowering season. As with other species, it includes early, mid and late varieties; also  re-blooming, almost ever – blooming selections. This is a good family of trees.  Enjoy the displays now and all the lovely spring bulb plantings accompanying.

When you visit Annapolis Royal, please pick up a Self-Guided Map of Magnolias in Town,  available at the Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street. Or download one from this website!

Enjoy your visit!

Annapolis Royal will once again showcase its extensive magnolia collection May 1-15, 2013. Stay tuned for a list of events, and for a downloadable self-guided brochure.

Meanwhile, be sure to reserve Saturday May 11 on your calendar. A great day to visit the Town, see the magnolias, tour the Historic Gardens, buy some goodies at the Winter Farmer’s Market, and above all, to buy some cool plants for your garden at the Rare & Unusual Plant Sale in the afternoon at Market Square (1-4pm).

Check out the schedule of events for our 2012 Celebrating Magnolias in Annapolis Royal. A great selection of magnolia-flavoured events, as well as the option of a self-guided tour of the Town’s impressive magnolia collection.

Check it out HERE.

SAVE THE DATE: May 11-13, 2012

We will once again be Celebrating our Magnolias in Annapolis Royal this spring. While our Schedule of Events has not yet been announced, we encourage you to plan on spending the weekend in Annapolis Royal to take in the beauty of the 100+ magnolias, the experience of community events and purchase some cool plants at our Rare & Unusual Plant Sale.

Stay tuned for updates!


By Lorraine Beswick

Spring comes. Last snow gives way to drifts of snow drops. First crocus, the almost of daffodils, delicate and delightful little bulbs, catch the eye and reassure the heart.  Buds everywhere pierce the ground, swell on branches. So too the velvet wooly ones of our magnolias.

It is time to mark the calendar. Opening Sunday, May 1, Inspired by Magnolias, in the Chapel Gallery of ARCAC.  Whether one be a lover of pots, fine paintings, sculpted metal or whimsy, this is a show to catch before it closes May 29.  Last year, Rion Microy had us all smiling with her magnolia cuckoo clock.  Who knows what will appear this year.

May 6, 7, and 8 is the fourth annual, Celebration of Magnolias in Annapolis Royal. Rain or shine, Mothers’ Day weekend, promises to be a great one for both the beginning or passionate gardener; for those who just like to be out of doors looking.

Magnolias & Wine

The Historic Gardens open officially, May 15.  Their lovely and diverse collection of trees follow nature’s calendar. To honour these blossoms, and launch our celebrations, they are hosting the first of their summer season wine tastings — Magnolias & Wine, Friday, May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. For tickets and information, call 902-532-7018. The Gardens will remain open as an information and visitor centre all weekend, donations accepted.

Three Gardens Tour

The morning of Saturday, May 7, pick up maps and directions at the Historic Gardens, to our Three Gardens Tour. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the private gardens of Ian and Valerie Lawrence, Allison Smyth, and Joanne Buckmaster will be open to the public, by donation. Distinctive in their woodland or former farmland settings, these gardens range in age from six to 20 years. They provide a wonderful opportunity to see the evolution and maturation of some lovely magnolias in company with good collections of conifers, rhododendrons and azaleas; spring bulbs and perennial borders. For those with gardening questions, Blooming writer, Jodi DeLong will be at the Smyth-Crowther property signing copies of her new book, Plants for Atlantic Gardens.

Start saving your pennies and quarters – Saturday afternoon, from 2 to 5 p.m. — our second annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale will fill the square of the Farmers and Traders Market on Lower St. George Street. Jill Covill of Bunchberry Nursery and Kristl Walek of Gardens North have gathered together passionate plant and nursery people to tease and tempt the rest of us with their collections. Fill in free raffle tickets at the Friday evening and Saturday morning events prior to the sale. Someone at the market will win a young magnolia as door prize.

Where to Buy

Where to Buy brochures will be available throughout the weekend. These list the selections of magnolias offered by Annapolis Valley nurseries. To hone a wish list or to gain further sense of these trees and possible companions, one might return to the Historic Gardens, Sunday afternoon. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. writer and garden designer, Nina Newington, will be discussing Magnolias and Some Unusual Flowering Trees in the Garden. This presentation will be in the Interpretive Centre. There is an admission fee of $7 and another door prize.

Those wishing to have only a knowledgeable tour should meet at the Gardens entry at 3:30 p.m. There they will be joined by Nina, town forester Angelika Waldow and the Garden’s horticulturalist Karen Achenbach. Donations accepted at this event and during the Three Gardens Tour will go to the acquisition and planting of new magnolia varieties in Annapolis Royal.

Annually the magnolias in town not only grow but grow in their diversity. We celebrate them this weekend in Spring, but they are to be admired the year round.

For further information please see the following websites or contact the Historic Gardens at 902 532 7018.

Plans are underway for the 2011 Magnolia Celebrations in Annapolis Royal. Mark your calendars now… May 6-8, 2011.

Yes, that’s Mother’s Day weekend – what better time could there be for a festival centred around one of the most beloved flowers, the magnolia!

We’ll keep you posted as events come together, which are sure to include some social gatherings (perhaps Wine & Magnolias), tours, workshops and the second annual “Rare & Unusual Plant Sale”.  Meanwhile, a few magnolia shots to help your mind look past winter into spring!

A Little Girl...

Merrill Magnolia

Magnolias in the Historic Gardens

May 15/16 will see the winding down of another Magnolia Celebration for the Town of Annapolis Royal.

Saturday, May 15:

Rare & Unusual Plant Sale, 2-3:30 at the Farmer’s Market. Come along and check out what promises to be an offering of great additions to your garden!

“Magnolias & Companions”, 4pm at the Historic Gardens. Jeff Morton will teach us all some of the tricks and tips for plantings around our magnolias.

As well, the Gardens are Opening for the Season, 9-5. There are several varieties of magnolia still in bloom, and lots of other bloomers as well.

Join us!

The first weekend of our magnolia celebrations has finished, but there are more great activities coming up.

The next of these is Monday’s Guided Magnolia Walk. Join Karen Achenbach and Angelika Waldow for an informative tour of the Town’s magnolia collection as well as those in the Historic Gardens. Then enjoy a social time and refreshments.

Meet at the Historic Gardens parking lot by 2pm. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!

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