Spirit of the Horse Memorial Garden is special
Editor: The Spirit of the Horse Memorial Garden, at the official entrance to Campbell Valley Park, is now widely-recognized as one of the most special memorials in the world to our equine friends.
The names of over 300 horses and their owners are inscribed on bronze plaques, resting on a handsome four-foot brick wall.
In the central area, there is a stone carving of a rearing horse, which is surrounded with many different flowers according to the season, along with flowers and shrubs in beds throughout the three-quarter acre property. They are surrounded by a well-maintained lawn.
I want to thank the 14 members from the Vintage Riders Association who came on May 1 to tidy the surrounding garden of winter weed growth, to rake the soil and to plant many colourful flowers for the summer months.
Pacific Parkland staff, who maintain the lawns so well, provided a wheelbarrow and sweeping equipment. Two hours later, the beautiful garden was resplendent for the memories of horse owners.
The time spent by the Vintage Riders on this work is so much appreciated.
Plaques for the Spirit of the Horse garden can be purchased through Roger Bean, at the Metro Vancouver Parks office on 16 Avenue and 200 Street. The phone number is 604-530-4983.
Editor’s note — Joy Richardson is the founder of the Spirit of the Horse Memorial Garden.