Royal Botanical Gardens unveils the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium

    BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is
officially unveiling the new Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium on Thursday,
January 29 at 2 p.m. at RBG Centre (680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario).
All media are invited.
    The Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium 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.
    RBG welcomes the Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable David C. Onley, the
Provincial Minister of Culture, Aileen Carroll, as well as other dignitaries
and board members to this momentous grand opening.
    The 16,000 sq. ft., $9 million glass-clad structure gives visitors the
experience of being outdoors while inside, and boasts several "green"
elements, including the Living Wall (a bio-filter which reduces airborne
pollutants while cooling the air in the summer and humidifying it in the
winter), natural ventilation to reduce the need for air conditioning, and a
storm water collection and filtration system for grey-water and irrigation
    The structure is on track for LEED gold certification - Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design - the Green Building Rating System(TM) that
encourages global adoption of sustainable green building and development
    The Atrium connects with the existing tunnel under Plains Road and is a
fully accessible, barrier-free transition from RBG Centre to Hendrie Park
Gardens and the new Helen M. Kippax Garden. Elevator service is available to
all three levels of the building.
    The Atrium will serve as a year-round destination for art shows,
horticultural displays, weddings, conventions and other functions and will
shine as a symbol of RBG's determination to be open to the public throughout
all four seasons.
    Beginning February 7 through April 19, the Camilla and Peter Dalglish
Atrium will host Backyard Monsters, a travelling exhibit of giant animatronic
bugs including battling beetles, a titanic tarantula and a massive monarch
butterfly - plus an amazing array of live bugs.

    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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