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Riverview Horticultural Centre Society fonds

  • CA CCOQ F54
  • Fundos
  • 1990 - 2022

The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society was established as a non-profit organization in 1992 with the goal of preserving the remaining unique horticultural features of the Riverview Hospital site, which was returned to its hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ name in 2021: səmiq̓ʷəʔelə, or Place of the Great Blue Heron.In December 1992, the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society was founded with a mission, “to preserve and protect the Lands and Trees of the Riverview Hospital site as a community-oriented, financially-viable centre for horticultural, educational and therapeutic activities.” One of the most highly visible and essential elements of the Society’s work is to increase awareness of and advocacy for the site’s arboretum, natural environment and heritage buildings through free public tree walks. The Society also hosted an annual Treefest celebration for twenty-five years. Volunteers from the Riverview Horticultural Society, or the “Friends of Finnie’s” have also participated in “clean[ing] up the overgrowth on the steps and walls to show their unique beauty, and the craftsmanship that created them,” remov[ing] debris from flower beds, and plant[ing] old-fashioned perennials.

The fonds consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, minutes, research materials, maps, photographs, and slides.

Riverview Horticultural Centre Society

Research Materials

The series consists of research materials compiled by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, including reports from government bodies, notes from external surveys and workshops, and materials collected from other archival institutions.

Creative Works

This series consists of creative works relating to əmiq̓ʷəʔelə (Riverview Lands) and conservation efforts. Works include poetry, song parodies, reflections, and paintings.

Reference Material: Grounds History

The file consists of handwritten and typed essays primarily related to John Davidson's work as Provincial Botanist at the site, along with an essay written by Valerie Adolph entitled "Provincial Treasures: John Davidson and the Riverview Lands."

Riverview Heritage Values 2012 Workshop

The file consists of materials from the provincial government's Riverview Heritage Values 2012 "project to document community heritage values for the Riverview Lands." Materials include workshop and facilitator information, blog comments, workshop comment forms, and a questionnaire.

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