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Memorial Garden

Creating a Memorial Garden

Creating a Memorial Garden is a treasured way of honouring the life of a loved one who has passed. It is a thoughtful tribute for the person you wish to remember.

A Memorial Garden provides a quiet space of contemplation – a place of remembering. The memory of the person lives on in the plants cared for by the gardener.

Memorial Garden Ideas

  • Provide plants that attract birds and butterflies. The company of either in a garden brings great comfort.
  • Place the ashes in the garden and provide a monument or memorial plaque for these.
  • Statues or plaques are always a lovely addition to creating a memorial garden.
  • A comfortable seat is always a lovely addition to a memorial garden.
  • Provide a water feature – a fountain, a bird bath or a pond create an atmosphere of peace and serenity. The soothing sound of running water is always an appreciated addition.
  • Choose some plants that have a scent. The gentle perfume of a flowering plant offers comfort.
  • At the funeral service in lieu of flowers, invite family and friends to make a donation to the memorial garden or to bring a plant for the garden.
  • Stepping-stones or pebbled paths to the garden provide an avenue to lead to the focus area of the garden.
  • Have a pebbled area where people can write messages of love on the pebbles and place back into the garden.
  • Plant flowers, shrubs or trees that remind you of the person you are remembering.
  • Choose a colour theme that reminds you of your loved one.
  • Be aware of the time you have to tend the garden. If you are unable to spend a great deal of time gardening, choose easy care plants.
  • Give some thought to the location of the garden. Will it be the centre piece of your garden, or would you prefer the memorial garden tucked away in a quiet and private position?
  • Place solar lights, mason jars to put tea candles in or fairy lights in the garden.


However large or small your garden is, may it bring you comfort and solace.