Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 9

ROCK GARDEN NEARS COMPLETION Despite unforeseen delayed construction schedules, Royal Botanical Gardens is in the final stages of completing the rejuvenation of its famous Rock Garden. RBG is phasing the Rock Garden’s opening schedule, beginning with sneak peeks for members and donors, and exclusive tours and events taking place this fall. An official grand opening in May 2016 will coincide with spectacular spring blooms. November 14 to January 3; RBG Centre 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, Ontario • Visit Santa in his cabin with festive lights and extended evening hours • World-class botanical train installations and special train weekends • Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus: December 6, 12, 13 RBG still needs to raise the final $2 million to complete the project and is looking to the community for support. A donation program led by Mr. David Braley and Ms. Nancy Gordon is still underway and ensures all donations are matched up to $2 million. A new entrance can be seen prominently from York Boulevard and features a drop-off area in front of the new visitor centre with accessible parking. The main parking area remains in the original location across the road. The architecture of the roof of the visitor centre represents a leaf. The centre is the new main entrance with a welcome desk, restaurant, and washroom facilities, and features a look-out deck providing guests with an optimal view. A new outdoor sound and lighting system has been installed to extend hours and improve guests’ experience. New pathways and stairways provide gentle grades for improved accessibility. A pathway through the centre of the Garden allows visitors to get from the top to the bottom with greater ease. The redesign of the garden is by Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., one of Canada’s most distinguished landscape architecture and urban design studios. The garden beds have been designed in a style which uses bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses, chosen as much for their structure and texture as they are for their flower colour. This design style, considered permaculture, also has environmental benefits requiring less re-planting and soil disturbance.• • Weekends with choirs, live entertainment, crafts and more Schedule at rbg.ca/holidaytraditions