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Naturopathic botanical garden for pier park

A small demonstration botanical gardens is being planned for Westminster Pier Park.

The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, which operates out offices on Columbia Street, has proposed to build and pay for a 95-square metre garden in the park. It would be operated by the institute's students as part of their professional training.

A report to council said the garden would showcase a variety of medicinal plants and would help educate the public about naturopathic medicine while contributing to the urban landscape.

It would be located behind the viewing deck on top of the Lytton Square timber frame structure. About half the area would be planted garden while the rest would be accessible walkways.

Council has directed its staff to work out a licence agreement with the institute.

"There would be a draw to that," said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr on Tuesday. "New Westminster is a leader in naturopathic medicine and there's a lot of it going on. It would be a great opportunity to have an example of that in the Pier Park. People will go out of their way to look at that and find out about learning to grow things in that environment that are healthy for them."

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