HISTORY OF THE ZABRISKIE CHAPEL MEMORIAL GARDEN
The creation of a memorial garden for the interment of ashes was begun in 1978, when the vestry approved a proposal by a group of twenty parishioners led by Danie Bradford Barrows. The vestry laid down guidelines for the operation of the garden, notably for its preservation as a living memorial requiring minimum maintenance.
The garden, first used in 1981, has steadily evolved over the years through the labor of volunteers and contributions of plants, stone and teak benches, a copper bird bath, an in-ground watering system as well as gardening tools and equipment.
With the rehabilitation of Zabriskie Chapel and the parish house in 1991, the living memorial aspect of the garden was extended to embrace all the new plants and trees in the Zabriskie landscape.
The extended beautification was achieved, as was the original garden, through Danie’s design work and parishioners’ gifts of labor and plants.
Gifts made in memory of deceased loved ones or in honor of living persons are respectfully recorded in a formal Book of Remembrance kept in the Fairchild Room.
Please contact the church office for information concerning interment or gift donations to the Zabriskie Memorial Garden Fund.