Finnie's Garden

Located on the Riverview Hospital grounds in Coquitlam, B.C., Canada

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Thousands of hours of labor were put into making Finnie's Garden a special place for all to enjoy.
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Today with a greatly reduced resident population, community volunteers have stepped in, introducing Naturescape principals into the garden, and rebuilding the infrastructure

The garden features a large collection of Lilacs, along with smaller collections of Peonies, Hostas, perennial and annual flowers, and numerous fruit and nut trees.

The Friends of Finnie's meets at the garden from 9:30A.M. onward, on Thursdays and Sundays,

to continue the task of maintaining the garden as a sanctuary for all.

If you want to give of your time to help us in this goal, just show up, E-Mail a message

Or phone; Norma at: (604) 942-7378

Everybody is welcome, see you there!


The beginnings of the garden

It all started on April,18,1951, when nurse; Arthur,"Art" Brian Finnie, who had previously been asked by Dr.Bruce Bryson to start a garden project.


Originally known as; "Farm View", This 2 acre plot of land located on the higher lands of Riverview Hospital, was a early start at horticultural therapy at the hospital.

 


The first day, April,18,1951

 


 
 



 

 

 

   

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About Art Finnie

 


   


                Art Finnie, at the official dedication of
  Finnie's Garden in May,1994.

  Dedication plaque


         Art Finnie worked on the wards at Riverview for 32 years from 1937 to 1969.            In 1951, he received head injuries from a patient who was an ex-boxer, and took 6 months of sick leave at an outside job.


           When he returned to Riverview, Mr. Finnie began an early form of therapeutic gardening with a group of mentally handicapped people who were patients at the hospital.

           The testimony to the gardening coordinated by Art Finnie is the area now known as Finnie's Garden.

     It was all cleared by hand, and patients built many stone walls for the terraces, also by hand.    At one time there was a greenhouse and a log cabin.

            The stone terraces remain, as does a large stone barbecue, a pond and a shed.    The garden is a very special place because of the peacefulness and serenity of the setting and also because of the richness of its history and the evidence of incredible attention and effort which went into its design and construction.

   

 
 

 

 

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shed

 

 
Storage shed for our garden tools.
Mural by:Gaye Mitchell and Laura Babak-Nagy
 

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Torii Gate

Torii lead to a place of meditation.
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Washroom

A two stall washroom, with flushing toilets.

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shelter

A popular place to get out of the rain.

 

The early days
 

 

 


 

 



 
 


 


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pond

The pond was built in the early 1950's.  

Restored in 2007, by volunteers. Check out the Pond restoration slideshow
 

 
 
 

   

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Bowling green

Not used anymore as a bowling green, but a great place for a picnic.

 

 


 

 

 

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Children Garden

A touchy, feely place for the kids to play in.


 
   

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Scented Garden

This part of the garden contains many scented types of plants.

 





 
 

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Woodland Garden

This garden has been planted with mostly native plants.

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Bird bath

Birds need to take a bath too.

 

   

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Pictures from around Finnie's Garden


 



 


 

 


 


 

 


 

 


 
 

 


 


 
 

 


 

 

 


 
 

 



 
 

 


 

 

 


 

 


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Airing Court

This area was used as a outside area where the residents, could get some fresh air, and sunshine.

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