Royal Botanical Gardens thanks sponsors and donors

    BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) officially
unveiled the new Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium on Thursday, January 29 at
RBG Centre.
    "The Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium is complete, the grand opening was
a great success, and now I want to officially thank the individuals and
organizations that made both the project and the reception possible," said
Mark Runciman, RBG's CEO.
    The Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium, the 16,000 sq. ft., $9 million
glass-clad structure, is the centerpiece of a major rejuvenation project at
RBG which includes expanded parking, a new grand entrance off Plains Road and
significant improvements to the historic Hendrie Park Garden, the pools at the
Rose Garden and the recently opened Helen M. Kippax Garden.
    The Rejuvenation Project Donors include: the Government of Canada,
Government of Ontario, City of Burlington, Regional Municipality of Halton,
Camilla and Peter Dalglish, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Margaret E.
Stedman, Mary B. Stedman, The Estate of Ruth Kippax Stedman, The Estate of
R.J. Higginson, The Auxiliary of Royal Botanical Gardens, Toni and Cliff
Carson, Norman and Louise Haac and StressCrete Group.
    The sponsors for the Grand Opening of the Camilla and Peter Dalglish
Atrium include Hamilton-based Ira McDonald Construction Ltd. and the the Ira
McDonald Families; Burlington-based MHPM Project Leaders; Diamond + Schmitt
Architects and Pepperwood catering and special events. A big thanks to all.
    The Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium is closed to the public until
February 7, when the building's first major exhibit, Backyard Monsters, opens.
Ever wonder who lives in your backyard? This exhibit of giant animatronic bugs
and real live insects gives you a bug's-eye view of the world.

    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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