It’s good to have friends

When I first started this blog it was ‘liked’ by a very impressive native Nova Scotian. Lesley Carter of Bucket List Publications has a good time travelling and helping those who wish to travel and visit places on their bucket list.

In reading one of her latest entries I found out that Cape Breton is one of this years National Geographic Best Trips of 2013! And that her folks hotel, The Highland Heights Hotel is the choice for best place to stay. Well it is in Iona. A naturally enchanting Scottish settlement on the Atlantic coast.

If you have not been to Iona you really should go. There is a spirit of a living soul in the skies of Cape Breton. At night you can see a lightening storm miles off in the distance while where you lie on the beach, clear sky above, counting shooting stars. I know because it happened to me.

Congratulations to Cape Bretoners. To visitors, it is a place you will never forget.

Now just a bit about the work at the Halifax Public Garden.

I am trying to figure out methods for not-for-profits, charities, garden groups and so on, to be able to grow plants for sale or for the gardens that they tend. In the pictures below I placed seed flats in clear bags to create warm moist conditions, with cool nights, to germinate the seeds collected last year. Now, these were set on the floor of the polyhouse which is heated, perhaps a sunny cool bright room or porch would work for other growers.


Here in Halifax, March is a good time to start seeds to get them to a decent size by fall planting out. These were sown on March 12 and have successfully sprouted. 


This is how we have to protect some of our tender seedlings from mice. Check out the cool clip that keeps the top on the seed flat (an inverted support tray). Yeah, it’s a hair clip.


Three of our greenhouses are nearly 100 years old. The technology of glass and iron or steel hasn’t changed much, but we have renovated our interior. We used to have finned hot  water pipes running along the kneewall below wooden benches. Now we have beautiful in-floor heat and open steel tables. I can tell you that the wooden benches are not missed.

When Richard Power was creating the Halifax Public Garden, it was realized to be a lifelong project. Part of the compensation to the superintendent of the garden was a home right beside the garden. Here it is. One of the only representations of Flemish architecture east of Montreal (I read this in an old publication. If there are other Flemish homes between Montreal and Halifax I would really like to know). 



Bit dreary….



Garden to open for the season


We are all busy these days cleaning up from winter and preparing horticultural delights in our greenhouses for the summer ahead. The Public Garden will formally open for the season on April 15. But for now you can visit from 8 to 2 Monday to Friday. Come in and watch your garden awake.