Adult Education Centre Medicine Wheel Garden
Darcy Granove was the Landscape Designer for this project while employed at McGowan Russell Group (2008-2010)
The design for this urban garden in downtown Winnipeg was based on the medicine wheel. Elder Dave Courchene Jr, of Turtle Lodge, led a group of passionate and dedicated teachers and students from the WAEC on a journey to create a sacred space where all people are welcome. The garden represents inclusion of all nations and respect for sustainable ways. It serves as an outdoor classroom space that supports the integration of Aboriginal perspective into all curriculum areas. A limestone cardinal pathway delineates the four directions and four different coloured planting zones. Native plant material was selected and will be incorporated into the school curriculum. Seven sitting stones in each of the cardinal directions with a central turtle stone define the space and encourage gathering and discussion.