Canada 150 – #8 – Squirrel Nutkin.

Canada 150 - #8 - Squirrel Nutkin.

You may ask – what does this little character have to do with Canada 150? I am soooo glad you asked!  There are two ties, one obvious and the other not so much. Let me tell you about them.

The obvious: the Eastern Grey Squirrel is native to Eastern North America, and as such we are quite accustomed to seeing them here in southwest Nova Scotia. They have become increasingly domesticated in recent years and thus are even more evident. Their antics are a frequent source of entertainment in the Gardens, although often a source of frustration for our gardeners.

The not-so-obvious: Beatrix Potter, author of Squirrel Nutkin, would be 150 if she were still alive. She was born July 28, 1866, shortly before the confederation we are now celebrating. How’s that for a piece of useless trivia?

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