Landscape Architect Blooming over Burlington Arts Centre Courtyard Garden

Burlington Arts Centre Courtyard Garden

Haig Seferian has learned to expect surprises like firefighters arriving during the filming of the Burlington Art Centre garden project. “We were in the middle of an interview when the fire alarm went off,” recalled the landscape architect. “The fire department came. An odour sensor had picked up some fumes.” He said an old water feature connected to a waste water line had clogged. But that challenge was overcome, as were others, such as melting the ice to work in wintertime.

The BAC approached Seferian Design Group to completely renovate an enclosed exterior garden space in the centre of the facility. A key component of the design was a new water feature. The space also now features a staging area for entertainment, seating and a floral backdrop for garden art work. Seferian Design Group worked with the Burlington Art Centre executive director Ian Ross to redesign the courtyard space.

Seferian Design Group also led a community project for the BAC, pulling together members of the industry to build a $200,000.00 project for the community. The project opened in Spring 2011 and was instantly recognized as Canada’s best, interactive, visual arts centre for artists, students and the community and is recognized as such. In 2011, the project received the City of Burlington’s 1st Annual Accessibility Award in the Accessible Space category which was presented by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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The grand opening for BAC’s redesigned and revitalized centre courtyard garden was held on Thursday, July 14, 2011. “At BAC, they’re solid now,” said Seferian in a telephone interview afterwards. “As long as they have a building standing, they’ll have a landscaped garden.” Haig’s landscape architectural design firm l led the project, which includes a new water feature, a large tree, tidy groupings of plants and an accessibility ramp. “It would be easy to make a spectacular landscape for BAC,” said Seferian. “But the point of the garden is to act as a backdrop for the art.”

When visiting before the opening, he saw a children’s class at the garden. “They were sitting around the water feature and the instructor was telling them about art,” said Seferian.