The 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 gates.
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.