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Signs of Healing

We have been busy this past month adding new signage to the Douglas Fir Teaching Garden, as part of our Healing Forest Project.

In August 2023, the David Suzuki Foundation designated the Douglas Fir Teaching Garden as a National Healing Forest for reconciliation. Thanks to funding support from Park People and the Neighbourhood Matching Fund, we have been able to add some amazing new signage in the garden.

We partnered with the Artist, Valentina Pagetto, and the carpenter, Gordon Bednard to create an interpretive sign in the garden (pictured above). The front of it features a selection of flowers, berries, and ferns that grow in the garden. While, on the back there is a notice board to post upcoming Free the Fern events, education, and information about other stewardship groups. 

Artist, Kiki Nombrado, has been busy helping with signage in the garden as well. She woodburned a dedication on the cedar teachers chair, which is part of our carved sacred circle, created by Squamish carver, John Spence

In addition, Kiki also painted the Healing Forest logo onto a dedication stone in the garden.

In addition, we replaced old, degrading, plastic plant signs in the garden with more durable metal garden signs.

We welcome you to come to the Douglas Fir Teaching Garden to enjoy the healing space.

Please join us on June 22, 10am-1pm for our BioDIVERSITY event where the garden will be officially dedicated as a Healing Forest.