The Celebration Garden
Near Memorial Day each year, the Mary’s Woods extended community gathers for a Blessing of the Celebration Garden, followed by a Memorial Service. It is a meaningful time for us all.
Located near the front entrance of the Provincial House, the garden honors and remembers special people in our lives, and is a place of peaceful retreat, as well as a symbol of the beauty and compassion that abounds in our caring community.
The garden’s centerpiece is a row of three tree panels, commissioned by local artist Brian Rooney. Brian designed the trees to be a slowly evolving sculpture. The Corten steel used for the trees was chosen because as it ages, its appearance becomes enhanced through the weatherization of its patina, but the structure remains untouched──much like we all experience changes in our physical selves over time, but our basic core remains unchanged.
The stainless steel for the leaves, which hold the names of special people, reinforce the idea that many of our individual memories remain untarnished and fixed; they may be as fresh today as they were 50 years ago (or may be years from now).
The triptych (3 panels) is a recurring motif throughout historical religious artwork, but it is also reflective of the 3 stages of life that we all experience.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 was a very special day in our community as we celebrated the Blessing of the Celebration Garden
INTERESTED IN SPONSORING A LEAF ON THE TREE OF LIFE?
Members of the community, including people living outside of Mary’s Woods, are invited to honor someone who is special to them by adding an etched leaf bearing their name to one of the trees. The cost of one leaf is $200 and is tax deductible.
Ways to make a gift:
1) Online at the Mary’s Woods Giving Page
2) Contact Adrianna Carr at (503) 697-6435 or acarr@mary’swoods.org