Above: Entrance on Foster
Above: Interior View -- Towards Entrance
Above: Peace and quiet
Memorial Garden at Holy Trinity was established in 1989 for the interring
of ashes of its parishioners and their relatives. The garden is located
adjacent to the north wall of the church. Inside the church, on the west
wall, are polished pine boards mounting the individual brass plaques that
mark the name of each person interred in the Memorial Garden.
In September 2000,
at the instigation of Lila Stringam, who has looked after the church flowerbeds
for years, a plan was proposed to upgrade the garden. West Point Landscape
Structures came up with the drawings for the renovated garden incorporating
a red level interlocking brick surface, with a Celtic cross in contrasting
grey brick, closed off by an attractive double wrought-aluminum arch and
The concept was
approved by the Parish Council in September 2000, with work began immediately.
Exceptional care was taken to avoid disturbing the ashes of loved ones
in the garden. The project was completed by spring, with the garden rededicated
by Bishop Michael Ingham on April 1, 2001. The walking area is sunken,
with a low wall consisting of two layers of attractive concrete block topped
by a flat concrete cap that protects the flowers and the memorial beds.
Perennial plants such as clematis, camellias, peonies, irises, helleborus
and many varieties of roses are planted in the garden, with the goal to
provide constant bloom, even in the winter.
As Lila noted:
"People should feel a sense of peace, quiet and respect when they enter
the Memorial Garden. It should also be a comfort to the families of those
loved ones whose ashes are interred there. The arbor arch and double gates
at the entrance of the garden provide privacy for visitors. Over the years,
many parishioners have donated money for roses in the garden, so we have
now replanted them to grow over the arbor and along the fence in the sunshine.
This will also add to the sense of privacy in the garden."
The project was
made possible due to the Memorial Garden Fund, which was contributed by
parishioners and those whose loved ones are interred in the garden.