Memorial Gardens – Small & Large

It is never easy to lose a loved one, whether it is a family member, a friend or even a pet. The grieving process can be one of the most emotionally difficult and painful experiences we go through in life. Even after years have gone by, my throat and chest still tighten up and my eyes start to burn in my effort to hold back tears when thinking about my loved ones who have passed. Everyone grieves differently, but it is nice to try and focus on celebrating your loved one and remembering their life. Naturally, I look for ways to do that in the garden.

As a landscape designer my clients often ask me to incorporate memorial elements into their garden spaces– whether it is a small sitting area surrounded by plants with sentimental value, a small plaque, statue or a single tree. Often the plants used have a specific fragrance, colors or a species that their loved one once enjoyed. I’ve also been asked to place such memorable transplants into gardens that were carried from home to home. My own mother dug up her special roses every time we moved when I was young. To this day, the only reason I plant roses is because of her passion for those few plants.

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Last year I had the pleasure and honor of working on an amazing project. The City of Mill Creek asked for my help to design a memorial garden for veterans. ks. He was an incredible man that I was proud to call my Grandfather. It was a difficult time, but this project helped me get through it.

Throughout the design process – especially once I could see it coming to life, emotions always got the best of me. Both of my grandfathers served in the military during WWII, and now neither will ever see this memorial. However, both will have their names engraved in stone at this site.


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  • Avatar lost_without_u_3 What are some good dog memorial ideas for a garden?
    Aug 30, 2007 by lost_without_u_3 | Posted in Garden & Landscape

    I want something that i can make or maybe even buy to put in my garden as a memorial for my dog. Any ideas? thanks.

    • You can get a really nice plaque that is garden friendly (rust resistant, sun resistant) and put a picture of him/her on there with a nice poem or something. You can get the plaque at any garden store and then take it to an engraving place.

      Then you can put it on your fence by their favorite place to lay in the sun or where their dog house was.