Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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164 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p A Tale of Two Church Gardens Left In 2012 Saint Mary and Martha Episcopal Church sold this campus and bought a larger property 5 miles away in Buford, Ga. Greenland Landscape & Masonry designed and built a new memorial garden. Right The central design of this new memorial garden is a Celtic cross. A 3-D design program was used to make renderings for display for fund raising. Construction began in 2012 with building the masonry cross structure. Volunteers moved the soil containing interments from the old garden to the new. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite M, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2014 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781- 1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Garden 1 In 2008, as a member of St. Mary and Martha Episcopal Church in Buford, Ga., landscape architect Marta Garland volunteered her services to design a memorial garden for the burial of cremated remains. Funding had been in place for the garden for several years; however, there had been no consensus on the design or location. She took on the project because she was inspired by the commitment of her new priest to move the project forward. As a landscape architect and design-build contractor, Garland guided the project through design, masonry construction, landscaping, and the volunteer garden maintenance that followed. At this time, no special government permit was required to construct a cremation garden, as the remains are incinerated to such a temperature that creates no environmental hazard. The design was quickly approved and construction began. The garden was located in a low lying wooded area. It offered both seclusion and a short, pleasant walk from the church building. The masonry construction was done by Greenland Landscape & Masonry. Volunteers from the congregation completed the landscaping. Garden 2 In 2012 the church outgrew its location, and bought a much larger campus 5 miles away. Many wanted to disassemble the existing garden and move it to the new location, but this proved impractical due to the permanence of the masonry work, and the new site being completely different in character from the old site. The new memorial garden site is an open field with a 450-foot long walk from the church parking lot. This long access has proved to be a deterrent for people visiting and using the garden. Continuing work is phased in stages as funds permit, with the surrounding permeable colored gravel paving and a large arch for the names of the deceased to be next, followed by landscaping and an asphalt road from the parking lot. Landscape Architecture by Marta Garland, president of Greenland Landscape & Masonry If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: or call Larry Shield at (714) 979-5276 x125. Story Ideas? PhotoS CourteSy of Greenland landSCaPe & MaSonry

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