Planted from Four Directions

Four Directions Canoe Garden Installation

The Four Directions Canoe Garden installation was inspired by the diverse community at Cook Elementary and in acknowledgment of migratory human journey. Many of us have come here the lands originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, recognized as Coast Salish Territory and the ancestral home of the Musqueam people. The four directions is an Indigenous pedagogy commonly used by many peoples. There are four stylized canoes that point in the four main compass directions. The idiom “Grow where you are Planted” is symbolized with a central garden hub that is intended for pollinators and creatures of the eco system. The tiniest animals were soon here after the ice receded to create the island of what is known today as Richmond. The river delta is a flyway for many pollinators and birds, we share the land with the animals.

The wood for the construction of the garden was provided by the City Richmond Parks Department via the Richmond Food Security Society who teach the young kids in the adjacent food garden at the school. Through the assistance of our mentor Dan we processed the wood. Pat and Sean assembled the canoe garden and installed it on site.

Spring 2022 Planting.

Inspired by the colours of the four directions, pollinator friendly native plants representing the blooming colours were placed in the Canoe Garden.
North (White) – Chickweed
East (Yellow) – Goldenrod
South (Red) – Blanket Flower
West (Blue) – Alpine Aster, Comfrey (returning)

In the center of the planter is a Red Flowering Currant, Nodding onion and Kinnikinnick

Published by J Peachy

I am a contemporary outsider artist that believes in the healing properties of the natural environment. I paint landscapes in abstract as an expression of my connection with nature and its ability to provide me peaceful inspiration. As organisms on this earth I believe we are interconnected with nature and highly interdependent. But as the psycho-social environment we live in today gets ever increasingly complex its effects on us are becoming more pervasive, corroding and sophisticated. However the energy, peace and serenity of our natural surroundings can provide a way of grounding our senses and healing our minds. I try to capture the interrelationship between my mind and nature as I see and feel it; it’s an expression of my soul captured on a physical medium and in a point in time. Going through the process in itself contributes to balance. Driven by my own lived experience, I am a self proclaimed arts-based advocate for mental health and strive to demystify and eliminate stigma around these issues. My initiatives in this regard include being the Vancouver Caucus leader for the Artist Alliance for Mental Health, a collective member (2010) of the artist-run Gallery Gachet in Vancouver and the Producer and Host of Sound Therapy Radio a peer oriented mental wellness show on CJSF 90.1 FM. I have a true belief in human potential and in the statement; ‘art is a means for survival’.

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