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Rose Garden pays tribute to Treaty of Ghent

There's a new rose garden blooming in front of the Heritage Building at City Hall.

It's the Treaty of Ghent Rose Garden, a reminder of the treaty signed 200 years ago in Belgium that marked the end of the War of 1812. All of the yellow roses are Ghent roses, which were imported to the city.

Belgian Ambassador Bruno van der Pluijm said it is important to commemorate the occasion.

"It reminds us that history goes back beyond World War I and has more pleasant pages as well than gas attacks and episodes in mud and trenches," he said.

The rose garden is a present to the City from the Belgian Royal Society for Agriculture and Botany and the Belgian Embassy.

City officials and other dignitaries were present at the opening of the garden Monday morning.

The event was van der Pluijm's last as Belgian ambassador to Canada, as his term is ending.

He said he will remember his time in Ottawa fondly and looks forward to visiting Canada again.

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