BIBLE HILL – Garden projects at a local educational facility are being featured as a provincial tourist attraction.
© Joey Smith – Truro Daily News
Jeff Morton, co-manager of the Dal AC grounds, stands at the rock garden look-off, a popular spot for visitors who frequent the grounds. The gardens at the Dal AC campus are being featured by Tourism Nova Scotia as a provincial tourist attraction.
For the first time, Tourism Nova Scotia is highlighting the provinces botanical beauty with garden road trips, which involve a series of themed adventures featuring nine gardens throughout Nova Scotia. One featured area are the gardens at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill.
Jeff Morton, co-manager of the DAL AC grounds, told the Truro Daily News being on the tourism radar is a boost to the facility’s horticultural efforts.
“Most people don’t know about this yet … but the tourism industry realizes we have something unique here,” said Morton, adding one tour was given last month and another five are booked.
Morton said Dal AC’s garden tour will include a look at 148 acres of gardening, including centerpiece gardens, a rock and alumni garden, teaching collections, small gardens students created, thematic gardens, native plants under construction, six pieces of the Berlin Wall and a walking trail.
“We will try to interpret the plants for the public too” and make it an educational outing as well, he said. “I think people will say, ‘wow’ when they see it. We are opening people’s eyes to a new way of (gardening) and maybe it will give ideas for their own gardens.”
Morton added the tour will “help highlight the campus to the community” and the tours could lead to long-term initiatives such as festivals and to encourage people to visit the area when planning trips. He also expects an outreach training program will be offered for the public.
Anyone interested in booking a tour can do so by calling 893-2690. Drop-in tours during weekdays are also available.
Other tours sites chosen by the tourism department include Halifax Public Gardens, Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.