While strolling through this quiet, secluded garden and enjoying the water, breezes, birdsong and panoramic views you will likely notice that the mix of native and cultivated plants is perfect habitat for wildlife.

The Garden is a popular venue for sighting a wide variety of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl along the shoreline and riparian zone of Slocan Lake. For more information on birds you may see in this location, please check out these links:

Birds of the Nakusp, New Denver, Burton Region – Gary Davidson. Part 1Part 2

Slocan River Streamkeepers – Bird Monitoring.

The photos on this page are compliments of Linda Norman. View the full gallery of her photos here.

While walking through the Garden you may identify some of the following native plant species:

Oregon grape Mahonia aquifolium

Paper birch Betula papyriferia

Western red cedar Thuja plicata

Western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Black poplar Populus nigra

Red osier dogwood Cornus sericea

Saskatoon/Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia

Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus

Nootka rose Rosa nutkana

Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Goldenrod Solidago

Kinnikinnic Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Leafy aster Aster foliaceus

Pearly everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea

Sword fern Polystichum munitum

Lady fern Athyrium filix-femina

Deer fern Blechnum spicant

Wildlife species including black bear, white-tailed deer, red squirrels and western toads also frequent the park.

If you would like to share your sightings, we encourage you to visit iNaturalist — a data-sharing application that engages individuals and citizen scientists in observing, recording and learning about the rich biodiversity that surrounds us.

The Slocan Lake Garden Society (SLGS) presented the Village of New Denver with an Ecosystem Restoration Plan in 2011 as part of a shoreline restoration project called Secure the Shore. The plan provided a best practices model for managing the Village’s largely natural shoreline and was diligently followed while repairing a section of the Kohan Garden shoreline damaged by a hurricane-strength storm. The Society advocates responsible protection of the lake’s riparian zone and foreshore. To learn more about the Secure the Shore project click here.