Wooden Sacred Medicine Garden

Wooden Sacred Medicine Garden

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Wooden Gardens are the most simple design, which uses only natural materials. Created to engage the participation of children or community members, with no skill required.

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Wooden Gardens are the simplest design, which uses only natural materials. Created to engage the participation of children or community members, with no skill required.

Location

Ideal for a 2-meter space, in well-drained soil with partial shade, north facing sunlight, and access to watering supplies. Not suited for a low, lying space where rainwater travels downwards or high winds are expected.

Design

Pieces of wooden logs are treated with a plant-based colour stain and arranged in the appropriate directions of the medicine wheel. Separate soils fill the spaces of each direction to create a micro-climate suited to each of the 4 medicines. Planting 3-6 starter plants of each medicine in each quadrant.   

Maintenance

A care journal will be made available for recording instructions and logging details.
Hand watering is required monthly for the first year of maintenance, following a suggested amount for each plant.  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

Longevity

Logs are expected to lose colour stain from natural weathering and have an estimated 5+ year lifespan. Following the natural decay of the logs, clients may choose to refurbish with new logs or allow natural composting.  
Cedars have a 1-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 colour staining of the logs and placing the logs into their final arrangement.