The Friends say, "Forget the weather for a few hours while you wander amongst the tropical plants, listen to music and sip on refreshments. Admission, refreshments and children’s draw are free. The event is open to the public."
The Friends are working hard to reactivate the conservatory and keep it open and growing as one of our community's vintage attractions. Did you know that the conservatory was built as a civic centennial project back in 1967? And in just a couple years ― make that 2017 ― this building will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as Canada turns 150. What interests me most are the mature tropical trees ― eucalyptus, palm, fig and avocado ― that have been growing in the conservatory since those early days.
Is it old-fashioned to be proud of the civic-minded efforts of an earlier generation? Maybe it's time to step up and honour what we have. Why not join in this weekend's tropical celebration?
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