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When the lilacs bloom next spring at the University of Winnipeg, the tribute will belong to Babs Asper.
The University of Winnipeg officially opened the Babs Asper Lilac Garden at U Winnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre and Film today.
The garden is located on Colony Street, and decorates the entry way to the Asper theatre centre — UWinnipeg's state-of-the-art performance, production, and teaching facility for theatre and film students.
In addition to lilacs, which were Asper’s favoriate, the garden also features a planting of a variety of trees. It was designed by Asper’s long-time gardener Bob Golinoski.
Asper, the widow of Winnipeg media baron Izzy Asper, died in 2011. She was remembered today for her generous philanthropy
"Babs Asper was a generous and devoted patron of our city’s arts community. We are very honoured to have this beautiful green space on our campus to serve as a symbol of her staunch support for the cultural arts, a value which is very much shared by the UWinnipeg community," said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg.