x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth

x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth

x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》is a garden space operated by 221A on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Located in Chinatown and adjacent to historic Hogan’s Alley, where the Georgia Street Viaduct now stands, the garden site is a place where Indigenous peoples, Chinese-Canadians, and the African diasporic community have all experienced cultural, class, and economic struggle. The development and maintenance of this garden are the work and relationships of an intergenerational and intercommunity collaboration.

Site Plan


The planting beds and cob oven are arranged as a series of interlocking trigons, crescents, extended crescents, and circles. These are traditional Coast Salish design elements that have been applied to the land with permaculture methods. Permaculture is a design process that simulates the methods and resilient patterns of ecosystems. The larger principles of permaculture are centered around whole systems thinking and organizational and social design processes, and they have varied and vastly diverse applications beyond land management and farming.

Plant Signage

Visitors to x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ (New Growth) can learn the nomenclature for the plant species here in the garden, which are indigenous to the bioregion of the Pacific Northwest Coast, and the unceded territories of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis
Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
Red Huckleberry Vaccinium parvifolium
Wild Strawberry Fragaria virginiana
Kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Wood Sorrel Oxalis oregana
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Wild Rose Rosa nutkana
Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor
Stonecrop Sedum acre
Pacific Western Yew Taxus brevifolia
Indian Plum Oemleria cerasiformis
Red Osier Cornus sericea
Red Elderberry Sambucus pubens