In 1885 a visitor to Halifax, Nova Scotia, described the Public Gardens as "a dream of beauty . . . the very perfection of landscape gardening." And so it was.
Who would know that, a few short years before, this 18-acre site had consisted of little more than swamp and blueberry barren.
For over a hundred years the Public Gardens has been the pride of Halifax. But in the fall of 2003 when Hurricane Juan made landfall, a city known for its green space and tree-lined streets, while fortunate in terms of human loss, suffered greatly nonetheless. An aerial photo of a nearby park showed a swath cut through mature-growth forest as if it were a field of hay levelled with the easy swing of a workman's scythe. All over the city people mourned for their trees, their parks, and the irreplaceable heritage plantings. Almost immediately donations for restoration began to flood in. But true restoration is an impossibility. New plantings will branch out in different directions, stretch to new heights, weave a landscape all their own. It is said a generation will come and go without ever seeing the Gardens as they once were, or as they can be again.
Another Halifax landmark:
The Old Town Clock
Also - see our Nova Scotia Collection
- Prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
- Finished size is approximate measurement of cross-stitch area.
- Fabric supplied with kit is sized to give a suitable allowance for working and for framing if applicable.
In The Pubic Gardens|
copyright 1999 Foxberry Cottage Crafts
7" x 9"
Canada and USA
116 x 80 stitches