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Official Opening of Margery J. Warren Garden at Trent University


Trent President Bonnie Patterson and Councillor Paul Rexe to Speak at September 20 Event

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, Peterborough

The official opening of the Margery J. Warren Garden, located between the Chemical Sciences Building and Enweying/Peter Gzowski College on the East Bank of Trent University’s Symons campus, will take place on Wednesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m.

On hand to celebrate the event will be: Trent President Bonnie Patterson, City Councillor Paul Rexe, Trent faculty and staff, the executors of the Margery J. Warren estate, Mary Jane Lovering of Vertechs Design (the landscape architect of the garden), and Cressman Tree Maintenance & Landscaping.

Designed to create a space that is as pleasing to view from above as it is to walk through at any time of the year, the Warren Garden creates an open and inviting space for Trent faculty, staff and students as well as the larger Peterborough community. 

Throughout the garden there are a series of garden courts in a variety of sizes, which are surrounded by plants, trees, and flowers selected for their seasonal interest. This element ensures that the garden can be enjoyed all year round.

Accessible from the Rotary Greenway Trail, the Warren Garden incorporates modernist lines in order to reflect its dynamic surroundings. The focal point is the open view of the Otonabee River looking towards the Bata Library on the West Bank.

Executors of the Margery J. Warren estate, John Hodgson and Scotiatrust, provided the gift to create the garden at Trent University. In addition, the estate has provided money to be used towards developing an endowment fund that will ensure that the Warren Garden is well maintained for years to come.

A plaque commemorating this generous gift from the Warren estate is placed at the base of a one-of-a-kind structure featured in the garden and designed by renowned Canadian sculpture artists Ron and Lynda Baird.

Margery J. Warren was an Early Childhood Educator and a homemaker. She was a long time supporter of a number of research and education focused charities. Her husband, Edwin Warren, had a career in the mining industry and was interested in the issues associated with the environment. The estate has contributed to the creation of several gardens at many universities and hospitals across Canada.


For more information, please contact:
Jennifer MacIsaac, Advancement Office, (705) 748-1011 x7073