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Devonian Gardens' plants start migrating north

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Devonian Gardens' plants start migrating north

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:

http://www.calgary.ca/parks/devonian/

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1. Re: Devonian Gardens' plants start migrating north

Thanks for posting.....hadn't heard about this.

Devonian Gardens always was a beautiful spot in the heart of the city......along with the natural beauty of the Bow River and Prince's Island of course! :)

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2. Re: Devonian Gardens' plants start migrating north

Just did a little more research; apparently the opening date has been set -- very tentatively! -- for sometime in June.

Also, parks staff are already asking Calgarians to NOT bring turtles into the park once it opens; they bite, and they also carry salmonella: http://goo.gl/xJ3wC

Edited: 15 May 2012, 08:49
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Thanks for the info CW. I certainly miss the gardens, such a welcome spot to visit on a lunch break (esp. in the winter months!). I look forward to the re-opening.

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4. Re: Devonian Gardens' plants start migrating north

The Devonian Gardens will celebrate three days of official reopening festivities starting on Thursday, June 27:

www.calgary.ca/parks/devonian

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