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Jul. 13, 2020 | Monday
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Letter: Kudos to Pillar and Post for design of new garden
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Dear editor:

Having criticized Vintage Hotels in the past for its failure to protect and preserve the existing trees on the site as it moves ahead with its garden project at the Pillar and Post, I would be remiss if I did not also praise the company for the number and size of new trees it has planted there.

The company has planted several large trees in the garden, along with many smaller ones and a collection of shrubs. It has also planted new trees of varying ages along King Street, interspersed with the remaining original trees.

I’m pleased that Vintage Hotels has opted to plant a range of different species of trees in the garden, providing an interesting mix of textures and colours.

From what I’ve been able to see so far, it looks like the garden will be quite beautiful when it is completed. I might like to see less interlock and more natural paths within the garden walls, but that is a personal preference, not a complaint.

The new trees and garden are a welcome addition to Niagara-on-the-Lake, both visually and for their ability to capture carbon dioxide, which will be increasingly important in the future.

If Vintage Hotels is equally successful at containing the noise that will be generated from the various functions it plans to hold inside the garden’s walls, and keeping it from spreading into the adjacent residential area, the garden project will be a welcome addition to Old Town.

Terry Davis