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Oct. 20, 2019 | Sunday
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First of 342 trees planted at Pillar and Post gardens
Flatbed trucks with more trees roll in during the tree planting ceremony on Friday. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Raising a glass to the “start of something beautiful,” Vintage Hotels executive Paul MacIntyre toasted the planting of the first of 342 new trees for the planned greenspace across from the Pillar and Post hotel.

The six-acre John Street site was once home to the manufacturing plant for now-defunct C&C Yachts.

MacIntyre, vice-president of Vintage Inns, said the trees, averaging 15 to 22 feet high, will add to the tree canopy of the community.

The Gardens at The Pillar and Post, which will be open to the public, has been in the works for seven years. The botanical garden is inspired by Monet and will feature a pond, 21,000 square feet of foliage, perennials and shrubs, and the 49 existing and 342 new trees.

After the garden is completed, Vintage Inns will begin building a new conference centre, which will offer event space for weddings and ceremonies.

In a previous interview, MacIntyre said the company won’t lease the space out for loud concerts or other events. It will be for social events only and a strict noise restriction policy will be in place in the interest of “being a good neighbour” to nearby residents.

MacIntyre said he was eager to get the project underway. He was joined by the lord mayor and members of council, as well as Vintage Hotels CEO Bob Jackson and staff members.

The project should take a few months to complete, he said, with the final opening expected this fall.

MacIntyre said flatbed trucks transporting the new trees will continue to roll into town over the next several weeks.

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