This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Musical gardens Niverville Heritage Garden

Story by Tania Moffat, photos provided by Niverville Heritage Centre.

The Norman Wittick Memorial Garden at the Niverville Heritage Centre. T history and provides a retreat

he Niverville Heritage Centre is home to a living monument that pays homage to the town’s rich for its

citizens. This not-for-profit communi- ty owned corporation houses an event centre, medical, dental and primary healthcare centre, a child care centre, Hespeler’s Cookhouse and Tavern, an assisted living residence and personal care home. The highlight, however, can be found in the surrounding gardens, enriching the lives of both the resi- dents living there and the community at large. It is a place for both young and old to join together and rejoice in the wonders of the garden. In 2008, Fred Kaita, a 90-year-old

horticulturalist and past resident of Niverville, designed and became the driving force behind these gardens. He recruited volunteers to help build his dream, creating a jewel for the community and continued his efforts

22 • Beautiful Gardens 2015

plans are now underway to expand the courtyards and to extend both the green space and gardens. The addition of more mobile friendly walking paths, furniture, fencing, trees and plants will make the garden even more enjoyable. Norman Wittick Memorial Rose Garden

The Wittick’s have played an impor-

The Pioneer Commemorative Garden pays tribute to the immigrants who settled here.

until his poor health intervened. Fred was critical to the project and without his effort, these gardens would not likely exist. Today, the dedicated and hard-work-

ing volunteers he recruited have carried on with his work. By gathering togeth- er even more volunteers and secur- ing the financial backing and support of local companies the gardens have continued to bloom with life. In fact,

tant role in the history of Niverville. Norman’s grandfather, John Wittick, came to Niverville in 1877, it was the location of new federal immigration housing and processing facilities


the time. He arrived with many other settlers from Eastern Canada by river- boat, and was later joined by his wife, son and three daughters. Not only did the family play a prominent role in the town’s agricultural history, John was the head carpenter and foreman for Manitoba’s first grain elevator in Niver- ville and also instrumental

in several

other aspects of town life. Grandson,

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48