Awe-Inspiring, Exquisite Kingsbrae Garden
Kingsbrae Garden ~ A Giving Oasis
Kingsbrae Garden in Saint Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick invites you in and immerses your senses as you connect with nature finding yourself in a peaceful, zen, healing place. A not-for-profit organization offers this heritage garden, grounded in tradition on graciously donated land, to the public with a mission to employ, educate, inspire and expand on its' fine reputation. Kingsbrae Garden is an ecological, conservational, horticultural giving oasis. Now say that 3 times quickly!
The Entry Garden, White Garden & Cottage Garden
The jaw-dropping pair of beautiful begonia umbrella trees in shades of red, pink and orange backed by the intriguing rainbow coloured modern art sculpture in the Entry Garden gives a great first impression. The wow factor does not stop there, but instead woos you through the welcoming arbour into the White Garden, where you are enveloped in a pure ethereal monochromatic wonder. The Cottage Garden, reminiscent of a English country garden, is next just before the main entrance to the Visitors Centre & Gift Shop.
The Knot Garden & Rose Garden
The Knot Garden is groomed to showcase four beds of contrasting foliage highlighting four separate and different Celtic knots. What a labour of love & treat to spend time in this intricately designed symmetrical formal garden all bordered by boxwood. Adjacent is the Rose Garden, a favourite spot for wedding photos & no wonder! This elegant beauty is on the original estate rose garden site but redesigned to incorporate more modern varieties. Twice a day during July & August, ladybugs are released to naturally aid pest control here. My friend Lucie and I were present for this event. We watched a 4-year old squeal excitably through the process of gently holding the ticklish ladybugs in her hand as they awoke from their dominancy and flew off to nearby water-sprayed roses for a drink of water and to hunt for aphids.
The Perennial Garden
The Perennial Garden is a sea of colour bursting forth like a rainbow when you enter the two acres of cedar-hedged enclosed garden. Thoughtful benches are scattered throughout this & all gardens in Kingsbrae Garden for that matter, and complimentary tours on golfcarts are available as well for those with mobility concerns to make all areas of the garden accessible. Take your time to soak up the warmth in this spectacular garden. It truly is magnificent.
The Orchard & Edible Garden
Navigate the Labyrinth & Maze and Orchard, then (literally) pick your way through the Edible Garden, to sample delectables from the bushes. I was amazed at all of the fruit-ladened bushes that allowed me to taste strawberries, blueberries & raspberries all ripe for the picking simultaneously. Boy, were they tasty too!
The Windmill and Pond Area
The Bird & Butterfly Garden, Children's Fantasy Garden & Animals, Ornamental Grasses, Gravel Garden, Hydrangea Garden & Rhododendrons frame the pond area. The Dutch windmill, a gift to Kingsbrae Garden from John & Lucinda Flemer, the original property owners, is a 1/3 scale functioning ecological feature in this area. Find a bench, relax and enjoy the abundant life as ducks swim & splash about, birds happily sing, butterflies flutter and bees buzz around to gather pollen or check out the Bee Hotels that welcome them to stay. If you sit for awhile, the occasional resident garden cat might stop by to enjoy the view with you too.
The Scents & Sensitivity Garden, Therapy Garden, Peace Garden, Secret Garden, Heath & Heather Garden & Container Garden
Tranquil, zen, thoughtful garden spaces have been designed for stress-free, peaceful reflection and/or meditation for the enjoyment of all welcoming especially military veterans & first responders. Furthermore, an interactive accessible waist-high raised Scents & Sensitivity garden with Braille engraved plant labels (in English & Latin) as well as featured scent & texture plants has also been created for the visually-impaired in collaboration with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. I love the TLC that has been put into these special gardens.
The Sculpture Garden
The 'pieces de résistance' at Kingsbrae Garden is the Sculpture Garden. It is the 'icing on the cake' culminating your garden tour. Not just any sculptures adorn this splendid garden but 39 award-winning finalists in a Canada-wide sculpture competition that has been held for over 10 years. These intriguing artworks are intricately and intelligently woven into the landscape of this garden to deepen the visitor experience.
The Garden Cafe
Overlooking the gardens, in a perfect setting, the garden cafe offers a lovely patio view or a pretty indoor dining room for lunch, afternoon tea, drinks or dinner. Lucie & I enjoyed lingering on the patio for a late afternoon cocktail then early dinner after our garden tour. Both were scrumptious!
There is a sweet art gallery inside with items for sale including many fun folk art pieces by Maritimes artists. Don't forget to also stop into the charming gift shop in the Visitor's Centre before you leave too as there are many beautiful things there to savour the memory of your Kingsbrae Garden experience.
Canada's First Jurassic Wollemi Pine From the Land Down-Under
Notably dedicated to conservation, Kingsbrae has welcomed and cared for one of the oldest and rarest historic trees in the world ~ a Wollemi Pine, from the Blue Mountains of Australia. This species has outlived the dinosaurs that most likely munched on it. Kingsbrae Garden is proud to be part of this world-wide preservation effort.
Good For Your Heart
Kingsbrae Garden is good for your heart. A stroll though the garden will immerse your senses and touch your soul. It does a heart good and is a day well spent.
This post was sponsored by Kingsbrae Garden; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.