For over 30 years, Master Gardener Ray Nikkel has provided the creative guiding hand for the philosophy and design of the Garden, combining formal Japanese elements with the natural setting. The result is a relaxed strolling garden with separate rooms; some quiet, enclosed and others open and spacious. The visitor is invited through a Japanese Entrance Gate into a secluded space, enclosed by a groomed hemlock hedge, along pathways to a magnificent view of beautiful Slocan Lake. Form and texture predominate while blooms and colours change with the seasons. As the word Kohan implies (it translates as “by the lake”), the Garden takes advantage of its location. The visitor walking the pathways will travel from the refined and tended beds, over the dry stream bed and bridge, to the breathtaking “borrowed view” of distance, lake and mountains.
The Kohan Garden provides a perfect outdoor venue for weddings, memorials, theatrical and music performances, casual recreation, picnics, meditation, au plein air painting, birdwatching, photography and more.
The Garden is located in the village of New Denver, next to Centennial Park and the New Denver Village campground, at 127 First Avenue, New Denver, BC.