Work is progressing steadily (when the rain permits!) on our renewed Memorial Garden. New stone paths, benches and special plantings will make the space between the main sanctuary and Cowan Chapel a special place of peace and green, growing reflection. First suggested in 1998, the memorial garden was the inspiration of Mary Nash and Judy Drake as a place where anyone could pray and as a place where ashes of loved ones could be placed to to become part of God’s living, growing, creation.
When finished, the new garden designed by David Saladino, will feature rolling berms, an outdoor bronze tablet with the names of those interred, a split elliptical stone path, 2 benches and a connecting path to the existing sidewalk near the front of the main sanctuary. Many of the previous plants were reserved from our recent renovation and are being replanted along with new trees, roses, and shrubs to make a lush three season garden.
Completion is dependent on weather, but is slated for the end of the month or the first week of July. Rev. Kent and Rev. Rachel will then rededicate the garden, returning soil and ashes that were removed when work on the building required disturbing the grounds.
If you would like more information about internment in the garden, please contact Rev. Kent for more information. The modest cost covers the expense of the plaque and provides for some of the annual maintenance the garden requires. No non-biodegradable materials are permitted, but ashes may be strewn or buried as family and friends desire.
Many thanks to Bill Stolte and the garden committee (Dick Drake, Joyce Fields, Sally Hindman, Mary Nash, Annrietta Stolte, and Rev. Kent) who have worked with David to design this lovely space. Our thanks also to the donor or donors unknown who anonymously provided the substantial financial support for this lasting legacy.