Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Walking on the campus of Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, October 2015

Acadia University is a well regarded liberal arts college which concentrates on undergraduate education. The campus is right in the township of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The university was founded in 1838, rather old for Canada. We spent a couple of hours walking on the campus on a lovely but cool October day.

Carnegie Hall
The main reason we went to visit was to see the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Funded by the Irving family (petrochemicals), the garden brings together visitors, students and faculty in a combined facility. There is a large research greenhouse behind the main building. It was fascinating to see the various research projects underway. Each project has a poster outside their section of the greenhouse. Just great.

Research greenhouses

Corridor of research spaces in the greenhouse
The main facility has a large reading room for students and faculty, with a coffee shop. I would have loved to be a student here!

Reading room

Outdoor plots

The botanical gardens concentrate on plants from the region, with different sections to represent the different periods of occupation.

This section are healing plants from the Mi'kmaq and Acadian periods

Although public and secular now, the University had Baptist foundations, hence the church building. Although only built in 1963.

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