2015 Spring News

Spring Newsletter - March 2015

Greetings AALD’ers,

It has been awhile since our last newsletter, so I know we all welcome this opportunity to catch up. This season has been particularly exciting for many long-time members, with our biggest news - the breaking ground of the John Higgins Memorial Garden at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, or NSAC as most of us remember.

As core founding member of AALD, John remains in the hearts of his past students and colleagues as a motivator, mentor and advocate for professionalism in horticulture in our region.

Many of us have fond stories of John Higgins, and soon we will have a space in Truro to reminisce as we look for new challenges and share our ideas.


On a warm and rainy October weekend amidst Homecoming activities, a small and eager group of volunteers descended on Alumni gardens.

Mission – to build a space in memory of John Higgins. Sound easy and a lot of fun? Well it sure seemed that way! Lots of coffee, lots of lifting and shoveling and plenty of laughs made this task a breeze with the passion and expertise of a group of AALD members.




But we are not done yet; we have a fair amount of work left to do. Another work party is scheduled for next year at a similar time. Many, many thanks to those who helped and we welcome you coming to work again next year and for sure bring a friend.


Our members have exciting news!

Bob Howard of Mayflower Gardens becomes a Canadian Citizen.

On February 11th of this year Bob and his lovely wife Dessie took an oath of citizenship along with a diverse group of 100 others, and thus becoming Canadian!

″I first visited Nova Scotia in 1987, and walked into the Historic Gardens at Annapolis Royal on a very snowy day in February. I loved it at first sight″. Bob decided later that year that retiring in the area would be his goal.

Bob sold his landscape and design business in Colorado and moved to Halifax in 2003 to spend time with his son & daughter in law, who is Canadian, and first grandchild. Along with family, Bob kept busy by becoming very involved with the community and even taking in a few classes at NSCAD.

In 2007 Bob and Dessie became permanent residents at which point Bob started Mayflower Gardens, and began designing and landscaping in the area.

In 2013, Bob retired and he and Dessie now live in Granville Ferry, close to Annapolis Royal, where they enjoy their garden, notable favourites being Gentiana sino-ornata, Lithodora, among others. Both remain very active in the local and horticultural community.

Congratulations Bob and Dessie!


And the award goes to:

A big congratulations to Joe Bidermann who took home top price at Landscape Nova’s Awards of Excellence for 2014 for "Best Installation over $25K" and for "Nature Stone" Highland Landscapes won in the category of "Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place"

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