na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden

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Welcome to the na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden

Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus is home to a traditional garden. The name na’ʔk’ʷulamən (na - kool - a - men ) generally translates to - the things that we do. The garden was established to celebrate and recognize the rich history and knowledge of the Indigenous people of the region. The name of this garden reflects the things that the Indigenous people do with regard to their relationship with plants and the land. This includes maintenance of the land, selection and use of plants for food, technology, medicines, and for ceremonial purposes, and the sharing of this knowledge with those who walk the paths of this garden or access the garden website. 

Located just north of the Centre for Learning building, the garden is located in a climatically appropriate, visible and accessible area of the campus. The Garden will be approximately 6,000 sq. feet and contain over 50 different types of plants that are used and of significance to the region’s First Nations. Garden design and plant selection is based on the necessary research and advice from the Westbank First Nation and other appropriate groups such as the Central Okanagan Naturalists' Club.  The garden is a teaching and learning site for students, campus, Indigenous community and public, and will serve as a model for other like gardens in the community. 

The na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden is maintained by the College with the support of a Community Task Force and the College’s Student Sustainability Development Club. 

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Visitor information
Contact us

For more information about the garden, please contact: indigenousgarden@okanagan.bc.caLarge group visits must be pre-arranged by contacting: 250-762-5445 (local 4501).

Exploring the garden

All are welcome to visit and enjoy the garden, free of charge. We ask that you make sure to stay on the designated paths and please do not disturb any of the plants. The garden is self-guiding. Signage is in place to identify the traditional plants found in the garden. To find out more information about the plants found in the garden, click here

Parking

Follow this link for parking information. 

Brochure

Click here to download the brochure. Coming soon!

Location and Maps

Find maps of the garden here.

Hours

Garden hours are the same as the Kelowna campus hours of operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Please note: the campus (and garden) is closed on all statutory holidays and during the Christmas break.

Learn more

Explore the links in the left-hand navigation or click below to learn all about the na’ʔk’ʷulamən garden, including:

Garden Significance

Visitor information

Location and maps

Garden plants

Partners, sponsors and volunteers

 Canada 150+ grant

Photo gallery

Garden Stories

Sustainability

Grand Opening

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


*Like the garden, this page is under construction. More information will be added as the garden nears completion. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact kelownagarden@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 (local 4501).