May 16, 2019

#OdeToKoi Stories

By The Garden

Thank you to everyone who shared their stories, memories, and creative tributes about our koi to celebrate their return to the Garden! See the winning submissions below:

Week 3

Week 2

There once was a fish named Koi
He would greet his friends with ‘Ahoy’
He was rather quite fond
Of swimming in his pond
And lived a life of great joy.

– Roya Eshragh

Week 1

“Many years ago, my daughter and I lived nearby in Chinatown/Strathcona. I often took her here as a little girl to the Classical Garden. We ate our sandwich [in the park]; she marveled at the koi fish. I remember with such fondness, holding her little hand and exploring the beauty of this garden. I’ve since moved away [and] my daughter is now an adult. Touring this garden, I have tears of joy and fondness at the memories flooding back to me. Today, I can hear her sweet voice saying, ‘Look Mommy, fish!’ Such sweet memories flood back to me. Such peace and tranquility. My safe place.”

– Verlie McCauley

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