Benvoulin Cottage Garden
Following the restoration of Benvoulin Church,new landscaping was required at the site. At the same time the City of Kelowna was embarking on a water meter installation program, and was looking for ways to encourage Kelowna residents to reduce their personal water consumption.
The City of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society teamed up to create a public demonstration xeriscape garden at the Benvoulin Heritage Park site. An assortment of plants can be found that require less chemicals, have fewer pest problems, and decrease water usage by up to 50%. Over time, the gardens have evolved into an English Cottage Garden with a lovely display of perennial plantings. The addition of a small water feature and a lovely bench has created a serene place for contemplation within the park.
A large gazebo and shade arbor also compliment the grounds at Benvoulin Heritage Park, and are used regularly for photo opportunities.
For nearly 22 years, the first caretakers at Benvoulin, Ray and Fran Helgason, developed the gardens and landscaping features. The COHS acknowledges their contribution to the Benvoulin heritage site and thanks them for allowing their photographs to be available for public viewing.