A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
I picked up the May/June issue of Victoria magazine, attracted as I was by the subtitle Return to France and the promise of beautiful images of one of my favourite countries.
So imagine my delight when I turned the pages and found a lovely spread on one of my favourite places to visit in New Brunswick, Kingsbrae Gardens. I've posted on Kingsbrae before, but wanted to post again, because these gardens, and the gorgeous town in which they are located is worth a visit, and want to give you all plenty of time to plan your 2014 trip! St. Andrews is only 6 hours from Boston, 10 from NYC, 10 from Montreal.
Some photos from the magazine:
And my own:
eating outside, looking at the gardens and the ocean in the distance:
My favourite experience ever at the Gardens was taking my kids to the live ladybug release. Every morning at 10:30 in the summer, the staff releases live ladybugs in the rose garden and they let kids (and whoever else wants to try!) place the ladybugs on the roses.
Pick up the magazine, drool over the photos (and of course the photos from France) and then consider booking your own trip to New Brunswick!
You may recall I mentioned the Algonquin Resort in last summer's post:
Well it's re-opened and a number of us are heading there on May 3rd for a night of good food and fellowship and to check out the wonderful work they have done to bring this jewel back to its glory.
I'll have a full review of the hotel the week after.
I will say that St. Andrews rivals any resort town on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada - it is charming, safe and quiet. Whale watching tours will take you out into the Bay of Fundy, where you will see all kinds of whales and porpoises, including giant Finback whales. The exchange rate is in the favour of all you lovely Americans and if you are coming, let me know - I might pop down for a pot o' tea with you!
There is an amazing 18 hole golf course that overlooks the ocean. Lovely little restaurants and gift shops.
Fifteen miles down the road you can visit a chocolate factory in the town where I grew up, St. Stephen. It is one of my favourite spots for a day trip and I can't wait to go on May 3rd, but I also plan to go later in July to visit the gardens at their peak (though to be truthful, there is no bad time to visit Kingsbrae!)
Hope you have a lovely Saturday - stay safe out there!