Memorial Bench Program

The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America. Started on Common land in 1836 these gardens have been accessible and enjoyed by the community for decades. Richard Power, the Garden’s superintendent from 1872–1915, oversaw the introduction of the bandstand, the fountains, statues, and wrought iron gates – all features of the High Victorian Pleasure Garden and all honouring a milestone in Queen Victoria’s reign, a contemporary military event, or an important local personage. Recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984, the Halifax Public Gardens are a much loved and popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

You, too, can now continue to contribute to this fine community legacy. The bench donation program provides individuals and organizations the opportunity to commemorate a person, place or event. Your gift will help maintain or replace the traditional park benches within the Public Garden and improve the community’s livability.

For a donation of $2,000, the bench program at the Public Garden maintains a bench in honour of the recipient for a period of 10 years with the option to renew.  The donor will receive a tax receipt, a letter of recognition and a location map.

Please download this form if you would like to learn more or take part in the program.