Heart Garden FAQ

Who can make a heart garden?

Hearts can be made by anyone of all ages and backgrounds. Heart gardens can be indoors or outdoors; they can be made of decorated paper hearts or include real flowers and medicines. What’s important is to be creative, and speak from the heart.

What should I plant in my heart garden?

In addition to planting hearts, you can plant flowers in your garden to create a living memorial to residential school survivors. Consider planting non-invasive varieties that support pollinators like bees and bloom throughout the season. This guide to creating a pollinator-friendly garden can help. 

You may also wish to consult with a local Elder to plant sacred medicines in your garden. Examples of sacred medicines include tobacco, sage, cedar, and sweetgrass. If you decide to plant sacred medicines, be sure to ask the Elder(s) how to care for the plants so that they can grow up to be healthy and proud over the years.

How can I get started?

Before getting your paws dirty, take the opportunity to learn about the history of residential schools and their ongoing impacts. The following websites offer good starting points. Consider doing the Finding Your Place in Reconciliation Learning Activity (found below) that guides learners in learning about the impact of residential schools and making a specific commitment to reconciliation.

Below you will find instructions on how to create a heart garden, including a template. Don't forget to register your heart garden to show how Canadians are acknowledging our shared histories and celebrating our collective commitment to reconciliation.

How can I participate safely during COVID-19?

Join us in celebrating Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams while #Hibernating4Health this summer. You can participate while staying safe by:

  • Planting a heart garden at home with your loved ones. 
  • Making a specific commitment to reconciliation by doing the Finding Your Place in Reconciliation Activity. This step-by-step activity guides people in learning about the impact of residential schools, engaging with the TRC’s Calls to Action, and creating a personal and specific goal that helps one Call to Action come true. It can be done individually or in a group and can be downloaded below. 
  • Showing your commitment to reconciliation by taking photos of your heart garden and sharing them on social media using #HeartGarden and #HonouringMemoriesPlantingDreams.

If you have any questions or would like to share articles or photos on our website, please contact info@fncaringsociety.com