This multi-year, 4-staged plan will transform a manicured lawn into an educational and experience-driven space that incorporates a wide breadth of history of the region, from the prehistoric era into the 1920’s. The garden will be based on knowledge gleaned from community engagement including local organizations, companies, elders and traditional knowledge keepers; LDHS archival photographs and research; and consultations with landscape and garden experts.
Traditional Heritage Gardens often accompany Heritage Home museums, however the proposed Lacombe Museum Learning Garden at the Michener House is a twist on this traditional notion: with site accessibility, educational programming, reconciliation and opportunities for both self-guided and group tours in mind, this will be an inclusive learning space in the community; accessible for every body to explore. We are eager to start this next step as both a community and regional tourism asset. – Melissa Blunden, Executive Director, Lacombe & District Historical Society.