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The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

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Address: 32 University Ave. | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
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A treasure tucked away in the back

We stumbled across this botanical garden by accident on the way to the Annapolis Heritage Garden in Annapolis Royal. With acres of formal and informal gardens criss-crossed by... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Edmundston
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Edmundston
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this botanical garden by accident on the way to the Annapolis Heritage Garden in Annapolis Royal. With acres of formal and informal gardens criss-crossed by paths and trails winding through water features and connected to miles of local hiking trails, this is a very nice understated attraction that should be part of any visit to Wolfville. You... More 

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Kentville, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a walk through the native bog garden that was moved to its now location in the middle of the winter, to the beautiful grounds and greenhouses. Its a wonderful spot you dont want to miss..

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Unfortunately, it was September and not everything was in bloom and it was a bit chilly. This is a must see while in Wolfville!

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kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, pickybit. Yes; when visiting our native botanical garden, you will not find a 'showy' display of flowering plants as with a traditional botanical garden. You may only find a few species in bloom at a time during the growing season. In September, the plants begin to prepare for the cold winter months, so the beauty... More 

Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Picturesque building and gardens. Looks like an old building but believe it's actually relatively modern. Well worth a look.

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Thank mskitty27
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, mskitty27. Yes; the building was opened in 2002 and intended to assimilate with the older campus architecture. It is certainly a pleasure to offer these beautiful facilities to the public year-round. I hope that your visit was enjoyable and that you stop by for another visit when you're in the neighbourhood. More 

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

This building was built in 1999. While it is relatively new, it has the feel, craftsmanship and materials of a grand old building from the the turn of the the 20th century. Oak wainscoting, slate stairs, real cast iron, bronze and decorated throughout with botanical drawings. The greenhouses and gardens are equally impressive. Acres of gardens representing various native ecological... More 

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kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Although there aren't many things in bloom at this time of year, there is still so much to see and learn in our six-acre, nine habitat living museum of the Acadian Forest Region... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Well worth a visit to this gorgeous building and gardens. All free with a relaxing garden room with leather sofas, magazines etc to have a quiet time in this haven. There is a wee stall for coffees and toilets.

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

The building is superb, and the greenhouse is extraordinary. I'll spend hours contemplating the care and professional movements of everyone that is working with the specimens. The garden asks you to stay hours wandering around.

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Suzanne S, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Glad to see that you enjoyed your visit Pep_places. It is our pleasure to have visitors stroll through the centre and gardens to enjoy the beauty of the centre's architecture and research work as well as the gardens' vistas and native fauna and flora of the Acadian Forest Region. More 

Truro, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I had heard how nice the Harriet Irving Gardens were so took the time to visit last week. The building itself, where classes are held is beautiful, with gorgeous woodwork throughout, winding staircases and beautiful windows to let in lots of natural light. The gardens are delightful, peaceful and a wonderful place to walk, take photographs or find a quiet... More 

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Hurricane, Utah
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a beautiful natural forest ecosystem garden. Native plants in natural settings with some labels and interpretive information. A beautiful spot.

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Interesting research and a beautiful walk where you discover varieties of plants you didn't know existed. Nice little coffee shop too.

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