Garden of Memories officially opened at Bannerman Park

Deana Stokes Sullivan dss@thetelegram.com
Published on August 23, 2012

Victorian-style benches, lamp standards and fencing, a new gateway with lighting and new water fountain are among features of a Garden of Memories that was officially opened today in Bannerman Park, the first of six major projects in the park's revitalization plan.

Jennifer Guy, chairwoman of the Bannerman Park Foundation, said the garden is intended to be a "beautiful place of quiet reflection" and is a fitting beginning to this "exciting and dynamic project for the foundation and the City of St. John's.

The garden is made possible through generous contributions from founding donor Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, who sponsored the new fountain and its surrounding gardens, lamp posts and benches, North Atlantic Petroleum, Nolan Hall and Henry Mews.

The park foundation was formed in 2010 to implement the Bannerman Park Master Plan. Completion of the revitalization will cost about $6 million. The foundation's goal is to raise $3 million, with the city matching funds raised dollar-for-dollar.

People can contribute by sponsoring various fixtures, flower gardens and commemorative granite stones, which will be used for pathways in the garden.

Elinor Gill Ratcliffe

Published on 23 August 2012

Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, seated near a fountain she sponsored, takes in the opening ceremonies of the Garden of Memories at Bannerman Park. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Statue

Published on 23 August 2012

The Rev. Michael P. Morris statue in Bannerman Park has been moved from the Military Road entrance to the Rennies Mill Road entrance into the new Garden of Memories which was officially opened today in the park. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Ribbon cutting

Published on 23 August 2012

Derek Miller (centre) and Glen Mifflin (right) of North Atlantic Petroleum cut a ribbon to open the Garden of Memories in Bannerman Park. At left, looking on, are Jennifer Guy, chairwoman of the Bannerman Park Foundation and vice-chairwoman St. John's Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Rennies Mill entrance

Published on 23 August 2012

The Rennies Mill Road entrance to Bannerman Park. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Bannerman Park flowers

Published on 23 August 2012

Colourful rows of flowers in Bannerman Park's Garden of Memories. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Bannerman park garden

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Flowers donated by Hank Mews and Nancy (Mews) Hickman in the Bannerman Park Garden of Memories. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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Michael Crane

Published on 23 August 2012

Michael Crane and his Scottish terriers were at Bannerman Park for the opening of the new Garden of Memories. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram

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