The Daffodil Garden for Cancer Survivors, the first cancer survivors garden in Atlantic Canada, is a special place for all those touched by cancer to visit with friends and family.
Judie and Jim Edgar, two cancer survivors, had a dream to create a cancer survivors garden in Nova Scotia. Both know that receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience. Having experienced the emotional journey involved in fighting this disease, the Edgars wanted to create a special space for the community as a meeting place for rejuvenation, inspiration, and education for all those touched by cancer.
A “cancer survivor” is not only the person diagnosed with the disease, but their family, friends, coworkers, caregivers, and clinical staff; they too walk the road cancer forces us to take.
The Daffodil Garden for Cancer Survivors, named in homage of the Canadian Cancer Society, encourages both a physical and mentally healthy lifestyle. By strolling through the garden on a barrier free path, reading positive quotes throughout the garden, taking in the sight of the waterfront, as well as seeing the garden’s artistic feature representing recovery, the Daffodil Garden for Cancer Survivors is a place for all those touched by this disease to find peace.
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Original design of the park as sketched by Judie Edgar.
Working on the design and layout of the garden with Sue Sirrs (second from left) and Jamie Clarke (second from right) of Outside! Landscape Architects.
Final design of the garden by Outside! Landscape Architects.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage (left) and Dartmouth Centre Councillor Sam Austin (second from right) meet with Judie and Jim Edgar to review the plans for the garden.
Instead of a public event, a pared-down groundbreaking ceremony at the garden was held during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC (second right), is joined by Her Honour Patsy LeBlanc (right), Jim Edgar (left) and Judie Edgar (second left) at the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 28 2020.