Kingsbrae Garden

Kingsbrae Garden, Saint Andrews: Hours, Address, Kingsbrae Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Kingsbrae Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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The magnificent 27-acre horticultural garden has much to offer, with over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens, engaging animals, an annual National Sculpture Competition, ponds, streams, old-growth Acadian forest, activities for children and much more. Come and tour for yourself to see what has prompted this and numerous other awards Kingsbrae Garden. There is something for everyone!
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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada3,799 contributions
Jul 2021
I love to garden and enjoy visiting great gardens to gather new ideas to put to work in my own. Kingsbrae always provides inspiration every time I visit.

Kingsbrae Garden is not that old, only opening its gates in 1998. It was created through the generosity of Lucinda and John Flemer who inherited 27 acres of prime real estate right in the town if St. Andrews. Rather than keep it to themselves or worse, sell it off in parcels to developers, they wanted to utilize the existing specimen trees and Acadian forest remnants on the property in creating a garden open to everybody. It would not be focused on one style such as English, ornamental or Japanese, but rather feature a surprising number of smaller themed gardens that actually creates a unified whole that is greater than the parts. In this, the Flemer’s have succeeded beyond anyone’s reasonable expectations for a garden this young. Kingsbrae Garden has won many horticultural awards and is now the #1 attraction in the St. Andrews area according to thousands of Trip Advisor reviews. It is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, meaning that is only utilizes the best horticultural practices that are eco-friendly and sustainable. So its plants are not addicted to fertilizers or chemical insecticides and herbicides for their survival. Lastly, it provides valuable employment opportunities for over fifty people in the St. Andrews area.

Admission is $15.00 for adults, $11.00 for seniors and students or $36.00 for a family. In my experience this is a very reasonable price to see, smell and enjoy the company of 50,000 perennials and many more annuals.

While most people enter via the parking lot, we simply walked the short distance from the Algonquin Resort where we were staying. A sign at the entrance indicates the place is dog friendly.

Even before paying the admission fee in the small Visitor Centre you get a treat with this white garden. This is a type of garden that is very difficult to achieve as it involves very few actual flowers, but rather foliage to create the visual effect.

If you look at the map you get upon paying will see that when you come out of the Visitor Centre you are in a formal knot garden with roses and a small rill that bisects the garden. The entire garden is surrounded by a high hedge with a narrow opening opposite the Visitor Centre.

As you step through this gap in the hedge you are suddenly confronted at what I can only describe as an explosion of colour. It is my favourite moment at Kingsbrae Garden because it can literally make you gasp in astonishment. The transition from formal to riotously informal is brilliant.

Once you enter this world of colour and fragrance you will probably disregard any plans of progressing through the garden in an orderly fashion in favour of just going where your eyes and nose take you.

Aside from the many specialty gardens there are many whimsical sculptures, a genuine Dutch windmill and goats and alpacas that the children will love.

For the rest I'll let my photos do the talking.
Written August 18, 2021
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THEBLUECLOUD T
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
The garden is small but pretty. They have nice little gardens and a maze. Unfortunately we went on a very hot sunny day and could not explore the garden since it is outdoor and do not really have places with shade to stand under except for restaurant place..the roads are rocky so it is not really for stroller..the restaurant do not have take out so we end up going back to the car asap to get water...overall it is a nice place to visit but too hot to stand outside without shade and do not recommend family with stroller.
Written August 14, 2021
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c0verdale
Riverview, Canada1,059 contributions
Jun 2021
Well worth a visit if you enjoy gardens or gardening.
The map that we were given upon entry was quite a useful guide.
Beautiful displays everywhere you look, it was easy to browse for a few hours and once done, we also enjoyed a great lunch at their "Garden Cafe"
Written October 19, 2021
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M L
291 contributions
Jul 2021
These gardens are one of the top ten in Canada. Beautifully maintained. Interesting combinations of unique and typical flowers. An excellent map. You can come and go in the gardens many times during the day on the same entry. Even the parking lot area is beautifully landscaped and not to be missed.

One area our group of four particularly enjoyed was the sculpture garden where winners of their national/international competitions were displayed amid the flowers. There are ample benches throughout the whole garden complex to sit and enjoy the changing views. Some children were enjoying the small houses…a nice touch for kids.

We were disappointed to learn that the Garden Cafe was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.it would be good to better advertise the Cafe hours.
Written July 18, 2021
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TO-psych
Toronto, Canada306 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a lovely place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful trail, gardens and animals (goats and alpacas). It is a peaceful place that welcomes contemplation. The sculptures and windmill add to the ambience. Try to time your visit with when things will be in full bloom. We were there in early June and the roses and many other flowers were not yet in bloom. We felt the $17 entrance fee was a tad steep.

We did not have a chance to try their restaurant but it looks very nice.
Written June 6, 2022
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GenkiKairu
Vancouver, BC43 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Happy we visited when we did since there was hardly anyone else around and we could enjoy a quiet, peaceful stroll. Patricia at the front was also really lovely and a perfect ambassador to welcome visitors.

Not happy however about being charged full price when a good number of the flowers throughout the gardens were either dying or completely dead, and the nature walk through the Acadien forest was completely closed.

Price should be cut in half during the off-season or whenever the gardens are not up to their usual standards. Otherwise, it’s not fair to the visitors who are expecting to be amazed, but instead leave feeling disappointed.
Written September 14, 2021
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Shelly C
Bedford, Canada450 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Absolutely spectacular.
My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful morning in the gardens.

Suggestion would be to have the gardens marked with small signs identifying the plants and directions within the gardens (for those of us challenged by maps)

A must do is to have lunch at the cafe and enjoy the fresh veggies from the garden. Service at the restaurant is 5 star.
Written August 2, 2021
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crazy irishman
Saint John, Canada23 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Dealing with all the stress that Covid19 is putting on all of us, we decided to visit the gardens to give our minds, bodies and souls some respite. From the moment we were greeted at the main entrance by a friendly staff member until the time we exited this little bit of paradise 3 hours later, we were never once disappointed. The Gardens are well laid out and groomed to perfection. When we had some questions about certain flowers, etc. the gardener on duty happily answered our questions. The outside bbq stand at the Garden Cafe is awesome and the 2 staff members working there obviously love their jobs and it shows in how they treated us like we were long lost friends. So if you're looking for somewhere to go to recharge your batteries, look no further than Kingsbrae Gardens. You won't be disappointed.
Written July 5, 2020
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Kelly P
Moncton, Canada38 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Kids had fun. Was very beautiful to look at. Couldn’t feed or touch any of the animals but I did like seeing the alpacas. It went by quite quickly. I had hoped for a better gift shop. I would recommend visiting.
Written September 2, 2020
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Andre L
Bathurst, Canada226 contributions
Aug 2020
Even at the end of the season, it was a nice place to visit. Flowers were still beautiful, art is amazing. There is also a few animals on site. It's a place that we recommend even if you just want to relax and breath fresh air. The concept was well designed. You won't regret it. Ant it is affordable, $16 per person. We will go back but in the middle of the summer.
Written September 6, 2020
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