The Slocan Lake Garden Society (SLGS) is a registered not-for-profit volunteer organization, under contract with the Village of New Denver. Since 1989 the SLGS has managed the Kohan Reflection Garden with a vision to acknowledge and commemorate the Japanese Canadian community as an integral part of life in the Slocan Valley, establish a tribute to the local internment community, and create a public garden for locals and tourists to enjoy. The Garden is a beautiful venue for weddings, events and picnics; a site for horticultural education; and a place for reflection.

With financial and in-kind support from the Village of New Denver, the Society successfully manages grants, donations and construction crews for projects in the Kohan Garden such as the renovation of the original Teahouse, the construction of an Entrance Pavilion and storage shed, the installation of an automatic irrigation system, and the creation of a bridge and two large ponds. Over the last three decades the Society has increased the plantings from 10 to over 350 different species. The Society also handles reservations for all private, community and regional events in the Garden.


One of the most important assets of the Society is a faithful volunteer base. Some volunteers have dedicated time towards maintenance and upkeep of the Garden for over 30 years, and many other volunteers help with special events and pitch in as needed. Local citizens also help with annual Spring and Fall Garden clean-ups. If you are interested in volunteering, visit our volunteer page.