Welcome to the Lacombe Museum Heritage Learning Garden

Physical Address: 5036 51 St, Lacombe, Alberta

The Heritage Learning Garden is located in historic downtown Lacombe beside the Michener House Museum and is 1.5 hours south of Edmonton; 2 hours north of Calgary on Highway II.

What did the landscape look after the Laurentide and Cordilleran Ice Sheets retreated? How was the land used pre-colonization? What do they do at the Lacombe Research Station, and where did the Lacombe Hog come from?

In 2021, with support from sponsors and volunteers, the Lacombe & District Historical Society began the transformation of the lawn at the Michener House Museum into a space answering these important questions and more about changes to Central Alberta’s landscape.

From plant and insect identification to planting heirloom varieties and composting; to fabric dyeing with plants, botanical illustration, and cynotype-photography, there is sure to be an educational experience for you throughout the summer.

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.

Thank you

We want to thank Jana Fafard, Comet Welding, Triangle Construction, and the Echo Lacombe Association for all of their individual contributions and support of this project. The Heritage Learning Garden allows the Lacombe & District Historical Society to expand its services within the community, both during and after the pandemic.

Make sure to follow along the journey on our social media accounts as we dig-in to Phase 2 over 2022!

Explore Stage One Images from 2021

Garden Sponsorship

Members of the community will be able to sponsor specific plants in the garden, as gifts or in memory of loved ones. Please fill out the form below to get in touch