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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).

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