Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kingsbrae Gardens and Gallery

Day two in Saint Andrews started with a wonderful breakfast at the Kingsbrae Arms and a beautiful sunny day! We strolled over to the gardens to have a look before popping into the gallery.

Kingsbrae Garden is listed as one of the top five to see in Canada!

It covers 27 acres and was donated by John and Lucinda Flemer. The public garden opened in 1998.

There are more than 2,500 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants. So gorgeous.

There is even a small area with alpacas and goats. Meet "Liberty", a wee alpaca that was born on July 4th.

There are also many smaller gardens within Kingsbrae one I loved is called Scents and Sensitivities, which was created for blind people. In it are beautifully scented flowers and herbs. You are invited to stroke and smell and gently crush for scent. There are interesting plants like Lamb's Ear and spikey succulents that are wonderfully tactile. The garden is waist high, built on a horseshoe shaped wall so one only has to walk along it and touch and smell. Brilliant!

Open spaces and tons of sculpture everywhere. This fountain caught my attention!

And look at this creature high in the trees!

There were formal rose gardens and wild beds of colour. Orchards and demonstration gardens.

I LOVED this moose!

And of course how could I not take a picture of this wee whimsical doggie plunked next to a water hydrant

Finally we found ourselves at the cafe/gift shop and gallery. The reason for this trip!

Ta dah!

This Folk Art show will run until October 8th.

The other artists are Brian Allen Adams, Jantje Blokhuis Mulder, Beatrice McFadden, Maureen McIlwain, Holly McKay, and Maureen Newman.

Love the saying on the hooked rug ~Never Let Yesterday Use Up Today~ true...

Can you pick out mine?

Saint Andrews, Part 1


Unknown said...

No problem picking out yours Shelagh. Very lovely. Looks like you are in good company.

Lynda said...

We can pick your paintings out anywhere! When we were in Mahone Bay last month, my younger son got very excited when he got to see your dotty whale painting "in the flesh". If only we had had more space in the suitcase.......

Anonymous said...

Lovely travel photos. Congratulations on your beautiful show!

helen said...

So many colorful images!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your art always stands out in a crowd! And those gardens are just magnificent -- how I'd love to visit there some day!

CrookedHouseRugs said...

Thanks for the post, Shelagh - I think the show looks great too in the sunny art gallery. Thanks for the mention of my mat. Richard H Nelson said that: Never let yesterday use up today... and it stuck with me.

Glad you enjoyed the Garden. We had a big downpour today, arguing with the sun... the rain won. But everything will be well-watered, so more wonderful flowers will result. A couple of little things, though, if you don't mind me saying so.... there are over 50,000 varieties of perennials, and over 2500 species. Also, one hates to quibble, but Kingsbrae Garden is named as one of the Top 5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For - which is pretty exciting!