Special Events


The 19th annual FIN Outdoor summer movie series is excited to be presenting four iconic Jim Henson Studios films at the historic Halifax Public Gardens; June 29, July 6, July 13 and July 20. Although a theme as beloved amongst both children and adults as “Summer of Henson” needs no other justification, it is 60 years ago this year that Jim and Jane Henson founded Muppets, Inc. Go to Calendar for further information.

The Agave Americana in the Gardens


Thanks to Global News for a wonderful article and for providing this week's 'agave update'. Close up pictures
of the blooms on the ends of the branches and at the top
of the stalk, show that they are about ready to open.
Visitors, both locals and tourists, keep the area buzzing
with conversation and lots of picture taking.

Visit the Gardens this week and you may be treated to a blooming agave!!

Global News Report by Alexa MacLean
Report and Video - globalnews.ca/news


Public Gardens Archaeological Survey


The recipient of the 2018 Suellen Murray Educational Bursary, Dr. Jonathan Fowler,
is using geophysical survey methods to detect and map the ruins of a skating rink operated
in the Gardens ca. 1860 – 1890. Stated in his proposal, “this structure is said to have been the first covered skating rink in what would become Canada, and constitutes a significant and understudied heritage resource in the Public Gardens”.

He is conducting on-site research over in the summer. Once complete, the surveyed map of the old rink’s foundations will be available to the Friends of the Public Gardens, to HRM, and to the Province of NS.

Click for more information from recent interviews: Chronicle Herald and CBC.

Paint The Gardens


Following our 150th anniversary celebration in the Halifax Public Gardens last summer, there have been requests for similar events in 2018. One of those is Paint the Gardens!

Feedback from artists suggest they enjoyed the opportunity to paint, and from Gardens’ personnel and the general public we learned that people loved seeing artists in the Gardens. The Friends of the Public Gardens are delighted to welcome artists back to the Gardens this summer.

Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays
June 16 – September 15, 2018

Click here to download Paint the Gardens information Sheet.


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