Planning A Memorial Garden
By Monica Phillips
When a loved one dies, it is only natural that we
attempt to find ways to keep the fond memories of that
person alive in our hearts and minds. One of the finest
tributes would be a memorial garden, a peaceful area
where you can reflect on the memories of the departed.
However, if a memorial garden is not well thought out
from the very beginning, it could turn into an area that
may become more of a burden, rather than a blessing. To
help avoid such a dilemma, the following three
suggestions are offered to help contribute to the
success of such a project.
Consider The Amount Of Area To Be Used For The Memorial
A common mistake people make when constructing a
memorial garden is initially making the area too large.
While it is understandable that after the death of a
loved one that we would not want to skimp on the size of
the project, the fact remains that a garden will demand
certain expenditures of time and money for its upkeep.
Rather than have the garden be too grandiose for
economical upkeep, a smaller, humbler garden may be the
path to follow for the desired longevity of this
memorial. On the other hand, if you are an avid gardener
and wish to spend your free time in cultivating the area
then a larger project might suit you well.
Position The Memorial Garden In A Secluded Area
Most of us would not want to bury our loved ones in a
cemetery next to a busy highway, as such a setting would
infringe upon our desire of having a peaceful area of
meditation. Likewise, if at all possible, a memorial
garden should be planted in a secluded area of your
property to allow a tranquil area to reflect upon the
memories of the departed.
Making The Memorial Garden Comfortable And Comforting
The garden should be a restful spot that reflects the
personality of the departed. Ideally, it should be
planted with fragrant and colorful flowers that the
deceased enjoyed. A memorial bench would not only serve
as a tasteful centerpiece of the garden, but also
provide visitors a place to sit and relax. Another
suggestion for a maintenance free and long-lasting
addition to a memorial garden would be a wind chime, so
that the music of the breezes could add to the tranquil
Your local library, home improvement store, or a web
search may prove useful in obtaining further details as
to the type of plants and flowers that are best suited
for your region. You may choose to add additional
memorial items, such as markers or statues that will
best suit the personality of your loved one.
No matter the style or size of the project, the intent
is to provide a memorial garden that is a loving tribute
to the deceased.