Indigenous Garden Sprouting Up in Downtown Winnipeg

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has planted the first indigenous garden on Portage Avenue.

The garden, comprised of five garden beds in front of the APTN studios, showcases indigenous/native planting schemes and materials.

“The aim of our first Indigenous garden on Portage Avenue is to build on our work towards ensuring downtown is inviting, welcoming, alluring and a visually attractive place that will leave tourists and visitors with a memorable and positive impression,” said Ari Driver, chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Placemaking Committee.

Between June 16-18, Downtown BIZ customer service members will be talking to office workers business leaders, and the community about the traditional uses of each indigenous plant.

The BIZ says the idea behind the garden is to bring communities together by building a common experience, while promoting a conversation and education about indigenous culture and tradition.

— Staff


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