The Garden of the Provinces is a modernist park design of the early 1960’s that provides an urban link with the West Memorial Building and the Public Archives/National Library Building and boldly marks the western entrance to Wellington Street.
Andrew Waldron, Architectural Historian, National Historic Sites Directorate, Parks Canada, provided an historical overview of the Garden of the Provinces as it relates to the modern landscape movement in Canada and beyond.
Don W. Graham, Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, originally designed the park in 1960 and provided his personal insights into the making of the project.
Ivan Matrtaj, Project Manager, Public Works and Government Services, oversaw the recent rehabilitation of the park including the refurbishment of the fountains and the addition of barrier-free access ramps.
John Zvonar, Landscape Architect, Heritage Conservation Services, Public Works and Government Services, acted as guest moderator and framed the evening’s discussion in the context of the increasing disappearance of modern landscape designs.