Sacred Medicine Garden Monument

Sacred Medicine Garden Monument

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This Sacred Medicine Garden is artwork which comes alive.
Featuring the 4 medicines surrounding a sculpture of an abalone shell smudge bowl.  This space encourages medicine gathering, and also prayer and meditation within a smudge ceremony.

Cement pathways separate the 4 unique ecosystems which are dedicated to the 4 sacred medicines.  These pathways also allow this design to scale from 3 to 5 meters in diameter depending on the space (9’-16’feet), as the medicines will still remain within arms reach.

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Location

Suitable for spacee 3 to 5 meters in diameter (9’-16’ feet) depending on the space. Any type of soil with partial shade, north facing sunlight. This design can be fit with above or below ground automated watering systems. Some machinery access may be required for digging, levelling, and pouring of cement

Design

Cement pathways which may include a natural ochre tinting or coloured stone/glass enhancements are arranged in the appropriate directions of the medicine wheel. In the center, a cement sculpture of an abalone shell smudge bowl is affixed into the concrete
Separate soils fill the spaces of each direction to create a micro-climate suited to each of the 4 medicines. Planting 5-20 starter plants of each medicine in each quadrant, depending on the size of the space.   

Maintenance

A care journal will be made available for recording instructions and logging details.
Watering is required monthly for the first year of maintenance, following a suggested amount for each plant.  As the ecosystems stabilize and develop it is expected that watering will be required less often as the years' progress.
Fall requires burlap wrap of the cedar shrubs, harvesting medicines and spreading seeds or saving seeds. Spring may require seed starting indoors or purchase of tobacco seedlings depending on maintenance contract and over-wintering.
Cedars are expected to be trimmed by medicine collectors, may require bi-annual arborist shaping to maintain a shrub size

Clients are encouraged to commit to an annual harvest festival at the garden to share medicines, connect to indigenous community members and share teaching.

Longevity

This garden design is expected to last 15- 20+ years. It is regarded as a monument and may require minor repairs or remove vandalism, as expected from most monuments.
Cedars have a multi-year warranty with recommended care and will be replaced in the event of winter die-off.

Installation

For the ground-breaking ceremony, an Elder is invited and offered an honorarium and tobacco, as per protocol. They turn the earth with an offering of tobacco to Mother Earth in the location where the garden will be placed.  The following day construction will begin.  Participants in the community are encouraged to assist with planting the medicines on the final day of construction and celebration of completion or ribbon cutting