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Rodeo Drive Condos – A WORLD-CLASS HORTICULTURAL GARDEN
For a neighbourhood somewhat re-moved from the hurly burly of down-town, Don Mills has an extraordinary collection of cultural, recreational, educational and healthcare “assets” close at hand. World-class is an often over-used adjective but what better term describes the area’s latest addi-tion, the Aga Khan Museum. But this extraor-dinary gift to the Canadian people only ampli-fies the extraordinary array of facilities already in place. Presently plans are afoot to trans-form the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), just down the street from the Rodeo Drive site, into a horticultural showcase on par with the best such gardens in the world. “Toronto is the only major city in the world that doesn’t have such a facility,” argues Harry Jongerden, the TGB’s executive director and the guy spear-heading the proposed $31-million makeover. Jongerden and his team have tabled a pro-posal with the city to transform all of Edwards Gardens’ 40-plus acres into one humungous horticultural garden. Presently the TBG has just four acres within the park, a parcel that was given at the garden’s inception in 2006. And he is also the first to admit that the pres-ence of the renowned Royal Botanical Garden down the QEW in Burlington likely explains the absence of a similar facility in Toronto. But he remains undeterred. “New York City has five botanical gardens and most other glob-al cities support more than one.” The benefits of having such a facility in our own backyard are many. In Montreal, their botanical garden is the second most visited cultural attraction in the city. In Vancouver, the Van Dusen Garden is number six. “Garden tourism is just a really big deal,” argues Jongerden. A few years back Toronto completed a mas-sive overhaul of its cultural infrastructure with a new opera house and the renovation of the ROM, AGO and the Gardiner Museum. The TBG is the last piece of the city’s cultural in-frastructure puzzle so, stay tuned folks, the launching of a world-class horticultural gar-den is likely to coincide with the opening of Rodeo Drive. And it is mere minutes from your new front door.
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