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Diversity Gardens complexity through the roof
Assiniboine Park project won’t open until 2021 due to construction delays
By: Maggie Macintosh | Posted: 08/20/2019 7:00 PM

A massive greenhouse lush with tropical plants and slated to house the country’s largest indoor waterfall will fill the dirt and concrete skeleton in the south east corner of Assiniboine Park — but it’s going to take a little longer than expected.

The estimated opening of Canada’s Diversity Gardens has been postponed until 2021 due to roof installation delays, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy announced Tuesday.

"With a unique project of this nature, we do not want to rush it. It needs to be perfect and it will be a masterpiece," APC president and CEO Margaret Redmond told reporters during a media tour of the facilities under construction.

The 35-acre stretch of gardens, which includes a central greenhouse known as The Leaf, was originally scheduled to open in late 2020. However, Redmond said Tuesday the complex installation of the greenhouse’s translucent plastic roof — which will allow for the energy-efficient heating of tropical plants — has proven more time-consuming than initially thought.

It is unclear when exactly the grounds are expected to open during 2021; Redmond said the construction team will have a better idea of the timeframe next spring. "Winter in Winnipeg creates a very specific timeline for us to get that roof in," she added.

Construction crews will have to wait until winter is over to install it, pushing back deadlines for other big projects including installing systems that will work with the roof to maintain a tropical temperature in the building and the planting of flora itself.

Once complete, Canada’s Diversity Gardens will boast five outdoor gardens — the Indigenous Peoples’ Garden, Kitchen Garden, Performance-Sensory Garden, Seasonal Garden and The Grove.

The Leaf building will house tropical and mediterranean biomes filled with plants and a pond, in addition to a canopy walkway, butterfly garden and six-storey-high waterfall. There will also be a restaurant, banquet hall and classrooms for educational programming inside the 6,000-square-metre building.

Its horticulture space will be about five times that of the old conservatory and twice as tall as its highest point — making it "a world-class tourist destination," Redmond said.

Our provincial, city and national tourism entities are over the moon about this as an asset, not just for Winnipeg, but for Canada," she said. "It’s hard to convey the type of boost this can give to a city’s reputation as a tourism destination. More importantly, it’ll be an incredible asset for our community."...







Flora facts:

-300 species in the outdoor gardens
-29,000 outdoor plants
-600 outdoor trees
-350 species of tropical and Mediterranean plants indoors
-16,500 plants inside
-There will be 200 butterfly chrysalis received bi-weekly from Central America

The Leaf greenhouse facts:

-6,000 square metre building footprint enclosed by glass walls and a translucent plastic roof
-A high tower that will transport visitors up to a canopy walkway
-A six-storey waterfall
-The translucent exterior, geo-thermal energy system and earth tubes will heat the building so it maintains a temperature for tropical plants
-The building is expected to have a 30- to 50-year life expectancy while requiring minimal maintenance
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Canada's Diversity Gardens, biome project to open in 2021

Posted: 08/27/2019
A 110-foot spire of steel pillars and cables rising above the canopy of Assiniboine Park will serve as a beacon for an oasis of green in two years time.

Construction is continuing on Canada’s Diversity Gardens, a $97.8-million, 35-acre horticultural exhibit in the southeast corner of the park and The Leaf biome, the centrepiece of the project. The expansive garden and biome project, which has received funding from all three levels of government is currently two years behind schedule and slated to open sometime in 2021.

"This is the most significant project of its type undertaken anywhere in North America, and the only garden project of this scope undertaken in Canada in over 25 years."

In addition, the specialized ETFE (ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) roof material has to be installed under specific weather conditions. ETFE is a flexible translucent plastic product that has been used previously at the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team, and for the "Water Cube" aquatics tank at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. According to the APC, the material has a lifespan between 30 and 50 years, is self-cleaning, resistant to pollution and UV rays, and can handle snow and wind. The material also allows for sunlight to penetrate the biome and captures heat within. Redmond said the cable net system the roof material sits on also requires some fine tuning before installation.

"We expect that to begin next spring, as soon as the weather is warm enough for the installation of that very specific material," Redmond said. "Our original hope had been to get that ETFE roof installed before this winter but we’ve been advised recently that some additional adjustments need to be made to those cables.

"This is a very precise process that’s going to take a bit of time which will mean we’re going to bump up against mother nature."

Canada’s Diversity Gardens has six components including The Leaf biome, and five surrounding seasonal gardens: the Indigenous Peoples’ Garden, Kitchen Garden, Performance/Sensory Garden, and The Grove.

Inside the The Leaf will be the country’s highest indoor waterfall at approximately six storeys tall; four distinct biomes (tropical, Mediterranean, display house, and butterfly garden); a canopy walkway five storeys above ground level; and a restaurant, banquet space, classrooms, and gift shop.

As part of the development of Canada’s Diversity Gardens, sustainability has been a focus of engineers and construction crews, APC vice-president of operations Archie Pronger said.

The biome will be silver LEED certified; heated using a combination of geothermal, solar gain, and natural gas; will employ a reverse osmosis filtering system for the waterfall feature; and will include glass recycled from the old conservatory in the concrete floors of the banquet space.

To assist in keeping the 6,000-square-metre biome warm, earth tubes, which pre-warm air before going into a heating system, have been installed.

"They further allow some economy of scale in terms of making sure that we’re getting the most out of the earth from the energy that’s available," Pronger explained.

The waterfall, in addition to being a gorgeous feature, adds to the humidity of the space," he added. "Humidity is an important part, as you can imagine, to maintaining all those plants."

Once the roof and environmental controls are in place, crews can begin to put a total of 16,500 plants and 350 species of tropical and Mediterranean plants into the earth. In the butterfly garden, an expected 200 insects will be released on a weekly basis.

"The plant material inside all comes from Florida, because it’s tropical material, so we also have a seasonal milestone that we have to work with. We can only transport in warm weather," he explained.

Dieleman said with the new facility a larger variety of plants can be housed in Winnipeg, including a swath of Mediterranean plant material that hasn’t been used before, and palm trees that no longer need to be lobbed off at the top.

"That’s what’s exciting for us, is getting a wider range of plant material that can grow to its full height," he said. "Here we have more flexibility and a wider range of selection, and room for plants to grow."















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