Enjoy our newly installed natural playground where children run, laugh, and play all afternoon as their parents sip coffee and socialize on our extended patio.
During the Covid -19 lockdown, the crew labored on, and added the meditation garden with a solar-powered water feature (shishi odoshi). You will find the meditation garden behind the waterfall. Spend mornings or afternoons in quiet peace enjoying nature.
The butterfly garden is attended to by our special youth Butterfly Garden program in which children learn about butterflies, seasons, and habitats together with their YRE teachers.
During winter we have the pleasure of housing our Purple Martin snowbirds which travel from Brazil in the winter. The Purple Martin colony which is located on top of the mound, started with six pods, because of its success we added six more pods the following year.
Of most significance in our garden is the updated Memorial Wall with individual marble plaques commemorating past departed UCGN members. It is located on the south end of the Pavilion as you enter the garden path. In addition, a paved area with benches allows easy viewing of the remembrance plaques. This setting is an ideal area for quiet contemplation beneath a canopy of birdsong with occasional sounds of wing chimes.
The area in front of the fountain was cleared for a viewing and sitting area. It has been used for weddings, recommitment ceremonies, anniversary celebrations, birthday picture-taking, and the like. Betty Shepherd generously supplied the funds to construct the brick walkway to the fountain so that disabled persons and those using wheelchairs would have easy access.
A new intimate outdoor gathering area, “Gazebo Place” is being developed in 2021 next to the Meditation area. It will provide a setting for small events such as small instrument recitals, special dinners with entertainment, an outdoor R. E. classroom and other creative uses.
The Pavilion is a large, popular gathering space where we host after-church social activities, events, weddings, drum circles, classes, and many other events.
Of most significance in our garden is the updated Memorial Wall with individual marble plaques commemorating past, departed UCGN members. It is located on the south end of the Pavilion as you enter the garden path. In addition, a pavered area with benches provides for easy viewing of the plaques of remembrance. This setting is an ideal area for quiet contemplation beneath a canopy of birdsong with occasional sounds of wing chimes.
The Fred’s Place was constructed on our garden grounds to commemorate special occasions such as garden weddings.