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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
Phone Number: +1 902-585-1917
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A Botanical and Architectural Treasure

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

A wide variety of plants (outside in the garden) and several experiments with plants (inside the green houses that we can visit) make this free of charge activity an interesting thing to do, even on a rainy day. There is a welcoming café with a beautiful grand hall filled with comfortable chairs inviting the readers for a relaxing time. Serenity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

My four year old loved running around this place. It is beautifully laid out and kept. Posted signs teach you about different ecosystems and he loved hearing (and pretending to look for) the different fauna that you might find in each. A definite recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Our son married at the Acadia University chapel, which was followed by a reception at the KCIC. It was a stunning location for wedding photos with the gardens, stone rotunda and archways of trees, and lily pad lined ponds. The tall mullioned glass windows into the main reception area was elegant and comfortable for group seating and relaxing before dinner... More 

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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

Thank you for your review of your experience at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. We're so very happy to hear that you enjoyed our facilities for the reception and photos. Yes, the geothermal cooling system is not only necessary in the centre but also enjoyable on those hot and humid days of summer. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This is a small botanical gardens adjacent to the university. It has several small areas of focus with nice explanatory signs. Not a special trip kind of place but a nice place to walk where the locals walk. If you exit the gate on the uphill side and cross the street that area continues with woodland paths.

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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

We're glad that you had an opportunity to stroll through the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Yes; there are several residents in the area and university staff and students that regularly walk through the gardens and/or the adjacent Woodland Trails. The gardens' six acres consist of the nine natural habitats found in the Acadian Forest Region each with its own sign... More 

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