A funny thing happened on the way to renovations...
On August 30, 2008, Calgary's downtown indoor rooftop gardens closed for extensive renovations. The 30-year-old oasis, a favourite with office workers, was beginning to show its age. The City of Calgary, in coordination with the site's landlord, embarked on a lengthy renovation project. With changes to the site and its ownership, the Devonian Gardens' reopening was repeatedly delayed. The latest delay came about last fall.
At that time, all the physical & infrastructure renovations were complete - but the plants had been shipped to Florida earlier, and the fall weather was too cool to safely ship them back. So the plants' return was put off until the spring.
In mid-April, along with the Canada Geese and American Robins, the Devonian Garden's plants have to migrate northward, back to Calgary from their Florida snowbird vacation. That brings the projected summer reopening of the Devonian Gardens (version 2.0) one step closer.
You can read more about the Devonian Gardens' renovation and current status on this City of Calgary webpage: