Heritage Garden Project

Here's what the Museum grounds currently look like from a bird's eye view. We believe that much of this space is under-utilized and can provide excellent opportunity for outdoor exhibit expansion and public interaction. 

The Oliver and District Heritage Society has applied for and received $60,000 toward a new Heritage Garden to help serve the community of Oliver, thanks to the provincial funding program "BC Rural Dividend Fund for Community Capacity Building". 

We're very excited about the changes we'll be making. Here's some of the highlights you can expect to see as we proceed with the project: 

  • We're adding a new outdoor programming space! 
  • We're replacing most of the lawn spaces with indigenous trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers! 
  • We're adding new items to our outdoor exhibits, complete with interpretive signage!
  • There will be added signage and some much-needed improvements to our outdoor exhibits!
  • There will be greater access to our outdoor spaces with walking path and improved ramp to the Fairview Jail!

By replacing our lawns with natural species, we can not only save on irrigation and maintenance costs, we can also expand our exhibit space into the outdoors by interpreting our natural history, from biological, cultural, and heritage perspectives. 

We'll be keeping some of the existing trees and shrubs, especially those that have historical significance or provide much-appreciated shade cover. We haven't settled on a solid plan at the moment, but we're happy to show you the basic concept of what we would like to achieve: 

 This is a preliminary concept of what we'd like to achieve using the funding from our grant. Details coming soon!

This is a preliminary concept of what we'd like to achieve using the funding from our grant. Details coming soon!

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This project is generously supported by the Province of BC. Thank you!