BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)
celebrated the grand opening of the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium today,
marking the completion of an extensive rejuvenation and expansion project.
The atrium, clad in glass to allow natural light to filter in, features a
Living Wall - a complex ecosystem of specialized plants that serves as a
botanical and educational display, as well as an air filter and temperature
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the
Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture, joined Kathy Graham,
Chair of the RBG Board of Directors, RBG executive director Mark Runciman, RBG
patrons Camilla and Peter Dalglish and other invited guests to mark this
In addition to the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium - which provides
barrier-free access to the refurbished Hendrie Park Garden - the RBG
rejuvenation project included upgrades to the entrance, the installation of
the new Helen M. Kippax Garden, a parking lot expansion and an increase in
year-round display space. The Government of Canada and the Government of
Ontario, through the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, each committed up
to $2,336,000 to the project. The RBG and community partners committed the
balance of the project's total eligible costs of $11,680,000. In particular,
the RBG thanked both the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Camilla and Peter
Dalglish for their visionary support of this rejuvenation project.
"The Government of Canada is proud to be a part of this project to help
the Royal Botanical Gardens flourish not only as an important facility for
research and education, but also as a vibrant destination for tourists and
residents," said Mike Wallace, the Member of Parliament for Burlington, who
sent his congratulations. "All of the infrastructure upgrades, including the
renovation of interior space, development of gardens, and improvements to
accessibility, will enhance programs and services for visitors year-round."
"The new Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium gives an impressive new face
to the Royal Botanical Gardens," said Minister Carroll. "This added dimension
helps to support and grow our key cultural sector."
"We were honoured by the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, David
Onley. And we're excited that so many partners worked together to bring about
the rejuvenation of the Royal Botanical Gardens, making it a prime tourist
destination for this region," said Kathy Graham, RBG Board Chair. "The
environmentally friendly and visually stunning Camilla and Peter Dalglish
Atrium will draw new visitors to RBG and re-introduce them to the beauty of
Built to offer a variety of sustainable initiatives, the Camilla and
Peter Dalglish Atrium will meet the criteria for Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. LEED promotes a building approach
to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and
environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy
efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium will host many corporate and
special events at RBG, including the launch of Backyard Monsters, a
three-month long interactive exhibit that includes giant animatronic insects
Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum, which serves local, regional
and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of
the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.
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