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Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens Tops in Canada!


Annapolis Royal’s Historic Gardens Tops in Canada!

While it wasn’t exactly a pot of gold, St. Patrick’s Day brought a wonderful reward for the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens as they were recognized at the Garden Tourism Awards luncheon in Toronto as Canada’s “2015 Garden of the Year”.

Trish Fry, Manager and Karen Achenbach, Horticultural Manager, were on hand in Toronto for the North American Garden Tourism Conference, and accepted the award presented by the Honourable Peter Kent, MP and sponsored by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

Fry noted that she and Achenbach were pleased to be able to accept this national recognition on behalf of all the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to bring the Historic Gardens to this level. “Since the Gardens’ inception some 35 years ago, many people have worked very hard to bring the Historic Gardens to a world class level and continue to maintain such a high standard. This award recognizes horticultural excellence, programming, leadership, and really all aspects of how the Historic Gardens delivers a high quality garden experience to visitors.”

This was Achenbach’s first Garden Tourism Conference, and she was invigorated by the variety of topics and international speakers and very proud of the award and especially the boost it provides to her team of gardeners. “The staff at the Historic Gardens are very dedicated - they love what they do, and to be recognized at this level makes the job that much more rewarding”.

Keith Crysler, Chair of the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society, was extremely pleased at this national award, which follows on the heels some significant recognition for the Garden in the past couple of years. “This is a particularly noteworthy award for a garden located in a small town of only 500 or so people: complex and sophisticated gardens like this one normally exist within cities of over 100,000 people. Yet that is the charm and miracle of it, made possible by an exceptionally dedicated and experienced staff and by a community that donates thousands of hours of volunteer time every year.” He adds that “Every year a growing number of people from farther and farther afield attends its events, follow it on the internet via the Bloom Report and social media, and become members and donors. This Award is recognition that the Gardens is a Provincial asset of national stature.”

The Historic Gardens has received several noteworthy awards and accolades in the past year, a testament to dedicated staff and volunteers and incredible community support. Fry notes that it is particularly meaningful to be recognized within your industry. “What makes this award unique is that it is recognition from our peers, a panel of judges who really understand the garden tourism industry and consider us to be a leader in so many respects.”

Contact: Trish Fry
(902) 532-7018