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Advisory to the Neighborhood—Landscapes of Canada Gardens

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

This is an update about progress with the Landscapes of Canada Gardens, the project nearing completion along the west side of the museumˈs property. The main landscaping elements have now been installed for the boreal forest, prairie grasslands and Arctic tundra ecosystems.

In general, the work has involved excavation, soil preparation and grading; the seeding and planting of new trees, grasses and plants; installation of the Arctic "iceberg" sculpture and relocation of the mammoth sculptures.

There is still some work to be completed for the tundra section, including planting among the granite boulders and around the mammoth sculptures. Given the arrival of winter, this planting will happen as soon as possible in spring, when the contractors can ensure that the tundra plants can take root.

Accordingly, fencing will remain in place until completion of the project. We appreciate that some museum visitors and members of the community are keen to access the site, but we want to ensure the long-term success of the gardens and their enjoyment by all for years to come. With fencing in place until spring, we can ensure that the gardens are protected for one winter cycle, which gives the newly installed plants a chance to become established and mature in this long-term living outdoor exhibition.

I look forward to welcoming you to a grand opening of the gardens with full access in June 2016, once the final elements of the landscaping are completed.

Updates will continue to be shared through advisories and our website at


Margaret Beckel
President and CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature