125th Legacy Project – Memorial Garden
...not really a “gardening” project
We hosted the kick off discussion on May 15th – but if you missed it you can still easily participate in a number of different ways:
- Complete this short survey: 125th Memorial Garden Handout and Survey (PDF)
- Become a member of “Friends of Memorial Garden Project” and be part of a group that will provide feedback on ideas from time to time
- Join the Working Group – and help do on-line sleuthing or research for information that will assist us in the planning process.
Not a gardening project…..(at least not yet)
The Memorial Garden is a space where we will honour those who have passed on. There are many ways to create this type of space of some of the design elements we will explore include the following:
- Will we have a scatter garden area for ashes?
- Will there be small memorial plaques for names and dates or not?
- Will we have a “Memorial” book to create a history?
- Will this space be for pets as well as people?
- Should the space be open for anyone or just people who are members or active in the Church?
- Will we have a space to sit in the garden area?
- Should we have some kind of UU art or sculpture like an outdoor chalice?
- What are the various types of operating models for memorial gardens so as to be self-funding for care and upkeep?
We have a beautiful conceptual design for our property designating space for a Memorial Garden adjacent to our Sanctuary on the south east side.
Memorial Project Goal
Using a collaborative feedback process, develop a conceptual design and detailed plan for the proposed Memorial Garden; identify potential fund raising options for completing the project and support the on-going care and upkeep of the Memorial Garden.
How to Get Involved
Join the upcoming discussions in March to talk about what a Memorial Garden means to you? Over the next year we will:
- Host a congregational presentation and discussion on Memorial Garden planning – options and ideas
- Create a working group to help research ideas and examples from other UU Churches and elsewhere
- Develop recommendations based on the congregational input process and present to all for discussion and decision on a final design concept
- Create a detailed plan for the Memorial Garden design and a process guide for how to manage and maintain a Memorial Garden for generations to come
- We are not looking at fundraising for construction in 2016