Fayetteville Memory Garden
Rachael Ristau started a grief support group at Wellwood Middle School when she was a freshman in high school to help herself and others understand and grow through grief. For Rachel, that occurred after losing her father and brother. From her efforts to help others and honor those she had lost, the idea of having a place where people could go to remember their loved ones, reflect and find comfort became the driving force behind the Memory Garden project. In October of 2011, Rachel met with the Village of Fayetteville Mayor and Board of Trustees and presented the Memory Garden concept. With the help of and support of organizations like Hueber-Breuer, volunteers and other local contractors, helped garner donations and raised the funds to make the project a reality.
The Fayetteville Memory Garden, located in the Village of Fayetteville, now provides a place of reflection in a peaceful setting for those who have lost loved ones. The main feature of the garden is a pathway of bricks in the shape of a ribbon. In FMG’s early stages this idea seemed appropriate to symbolize Cancer, but as the project designs developed over time the ribbon began to symbolize hope and courage which is what the garden is all about. Brick pavers, benches, trees, lighting, pergolas, a landscape wall, a water feature can be engraved in memory/honor of someone, along with an array of beautiful flowers have all contributed to the garden.
If you are interested in contributing to this cause through either a donation of cash, time, materials, or by purchasing an engraved brick or landscape feature item, please contact Rachael Ristau via fayettevillememorygarden.org.
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Fayetteville Memory Garden, Inc.
Dalpos Architects & Integrators
Construction Management, Capital Campaign Management