Whimsical Garden: Four Directions Canoe Garden Party

William Cook Elementary School

William Cook Elementary School and Neighbourhood Park, 8600 Cook Road

Richmond, BC

In-person Agriculture Culinary & food Indigenous Sculpture & Installation Storytelling

Join artists of the Creative Cafe Collective: J Peachy, Pat Calihou, Tiffany Yang, Melissa West Morrison, Yolanda Weeks, Simon Daniel James and special guest Ian Lai, Executive Director of Urban Bounty (formerly the Richmond Food Security Society) in a family-friendly event to celebrate the "Four Directions Canoe Garden" as part of "Whimsical Garden", a year-long artist residency project in collaboration with grade 4 and 5 students at William Cook Elementary School. Artist-led tours of the garden will occur at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. Local and Indigenous inspired snacks and tea will be served. Family-friendly eco art-making activities with the art cart will be available. Visitors can also participate in a natural salve-making demonstration using local beeswax and Indigenous plants. The natural salves will be offered to the public by donation for Urban Bounty. Family friendly event for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 25 Sep
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For more information about Whimsical Garden, visit

This event is free.

  • "Four Directions Canoe Garden", Creative Cafe Collective, 2021. "Four Directions Canoe Garden", Creative Cafe Collective, 2021.

Organized by

City of Richmond in Partnership with School District No. 38, Richmond

The Richmond Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces; offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art; encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression; and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues. The benefits of public art are numerous. It has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions and calm a hurried life. Beyond its enriching personal benefits, public art is a true symbol of a city’s maturity.


William Cook Elementary School and Neighbourhood Park, 8600 Cook Road

Richmond, BC

The event will be situated in the garden within the school grounds and public neighbourhood park.

Event Contact

Elisa Yon