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Mike MacDonald: Planting one Another

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Kitchener, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


A project with care and coexistence at its core, Planting one Another features a twin re-planting of a Medicine and Butterfly garden by the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941-2006). Comprised primarily of plants that are indigenous to the Americas, the two gardens will be cared for by two organizations situated within the Haldimand Tract: the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the original site where the garden was first planted, the Woodland Cultural Centre.

MacDonald created gardens to make space for contemplation and to invite slow looking and interaction with medicine plants. Over five years, from the late 1980s into the early 1990s, MacDonald recorded testimony and created visual documents for the Gitxsan and Wetsuwet’en during their land claim challenges. While on location for a video shoot near Kitwanga BC in an area threatened by clear-cut logging, MacDonald’s encounters with butterflies inspired his understanding of their connection to medicine plants and healing. This was the seed of his numerous in-situ butterfly gardens created from 1995 to 2003 across the country from the Presentation House, North Vancouver to Mount Saint Vincent Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Storm Petal Collective has created a series of sitting mats for visitor's comfort when spending time at the garden. Mats may be borrowed from the Visitor Services desk during regular Gallery hours.

Curated by Lisa Myers

Produced in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford)



Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is Waterloo Region's leading public art gallery, connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture.


Stephanie Vegh