RBG’s Rock Garden gets $14 million investment
The Royal Botanical Garden’s Rock Garden is about to get a face lift.
The Provincial and Federal governments announced on Monday that together, they will give $14 million in funding to help with basic maintenance and upgrades of the Royal Botanical Garden’s first major display garden.
Mark Runciman, Royal Botanical Garden’s CEO, said the Rock Garden needs rejuvenation. With the exception of the tea house that was built in the mid sixties, there have been no other significant investments.
“We have leaky ponds, we have water features we have to re-do (and) it’s on a septic system so all of these things have to be improved,” said Runciman.
It will likely be two-year project that Runciman says will start as soon as possible.
The Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was on hand to announce the $7 million contribution on behalf of the Ontario government and Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, announced Canada’s $7 million contribution on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
The initiative is supported by the Building Canada Fund.
“It’s designed for infrastructure that will have a long-term lasting effect,” said Wallace.