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Anita Jackson


         I'm a landscape designer and planner. My story with the landscape industry began as a teenager when I started my training in Ornamental Horticulture Technology at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now part of Dalhousie University). Working as a gardener for many years, I learned the basics of planting and maintenance from the ground up. I worked with a contracting firm for eight years and practised the skill of design and build which helped by honing what could best be translated from paper to the ground. Other career highlights included an opportunity to study the great landscape gardens of England for a year and completing degrees in planning and in the conservation of historic landscapes. I worked as a lead instructor of the Landscape Technician Program at the Nova Scotia Community College for a number of years, and I`ve had my own design and planning practice since 1994.

        The CLD behind my name stands for the Certified Landscape Designer, which is granted by the Canadian Landscape and Nursery Trades Association. The MCIP is the member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the MA is a master in Landscape Conservation for the University of York, England.





I enjoy the hobby of rug hooking and here is a rug project that drew its inspiration from my landscape design.

My interest and expertize in the field of landscape conservation has resulted in a number of projects over the years. The following is a list of publications and reports on various aspects of the historic landscapes of Nova Scotia.


1. Jackson, A. Settlement Patterns and Pioneer Skills in Nova Scotia: A Resource Kit. This kit was developed in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Museum and Nova Scotia Community College. February 2004


2. Jackson, A. Landscape Conservation at the Cumberland County Museum: A Phased List of Priorities. Prepared for the Directors of the Cumberland County Museum, Amherst, Nova Scotia. July 10, 2004


3. Jackson, A. & Brown, W. Coming to Light: Two Landscapes in Nova Scotia. Heritage: The Magazine of the Heritage Canada Foundation. Summer 2002. The two landscapes were the garden cemetery in Yarmouth and Victoria Park in Truro.


4. Jackson, A. A Garden History of Government House, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Transportation. September 2002


5. Jackson, A. 19th Century Cemeteries in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs- Heritage Division. 1997


6. Jackson, A. Total Systems Organic Management: A 21st Century technology. Landmark Magazine. Calgary, Alberta. 1992


7. Jackson, A. & Stewart, B. Saint John the Baptist Anglican Church Historic Cemetery Conservation Plan, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture. March 1991


8. Jackson, A. A Landscape Plan for the one-Hundred year old stone culvert at Tidnish Bridge, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture. 1990


9. Jackson, Anita. Plants and Flowers in Nova Scotia Gardens. Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage News. Spring 1985


10. Jackson, Anita and Ward, Jeffery. Wolfville Waterfront Park Study. The Wolfville Business Development Corporation. April 1984


11. Jackson, A. Fisherman’s Life Museum Grounds Maintenance and Development Report. Curatorial Report #47. Nova Scotia Museum. 1983


12. Jackson, A. An Interpretation Plan for the Loggiecroft Peninsula, Kouchibouquac National Park, New Brunswick. Canadian Parks Service. 1983


13. Jackson, A. Fisherman’s Life Museum Landscape Development Proposal. Curatorial Report #39. Nova Scotia Museum. 1979


14. Jackson, Anita. “The Garden At Prescott House”. The Occasional Journal for Nova Scotia Museum. Vol.5, No.3, Spring 1979.

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