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Memory Garden Ideas

By Cynthia Myers ; Updated September 21, 2017

Planting a memory garden in honor of a deceased loved one can bring comfort to family and friends. This can be an area where those left behind will feel closer to their loved one. Memory gardens also can be created to honor the memory of a group or an event, or they can be planted to recognize the living, commemorating various milestones in the person's life. Some memory garden ideas follow.

Contemplative Space

Memory gardens can be peaceful spaces where people come to meditate or spend quiet time in contemplation of the person, event or group to which the garden is dedicated. Memory gardens can include benches to provide comfortable seating. A fountain or waterfall can create a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. The gurgling water will help block out the sounds of nearby traffic or other noise.

Flowers and Plaques

Since memory gardens are meant to invoke thoughts of those to whom the space is dedicated, use items in the space to remind visitors of the person or event. If the garden is private, for instance, at a family home, then include the person's favorite plants and flowers. For a public space, use a plaque to "dedicate" the garden. A plaque attached to a bench or near the garden's entrance can provide a brief statement about the person or event in whose memory the garden was planted. Use other plaques or stepping stones to convey the significance of the plantings, sculptures or other garden objects. Include on these favorite quotes or poetry passages that the person being memorialized enjoyed.


Purchase sealed glass photograph frames designed for outdoor use into which you can place photos of the person or event being memorialized. Choose photos of the person or event that had particular meaning to convey the bond shared. Framed photos can be placed on outdoor, all-season end tables.

Bring Life to the Memory Garden

Squirrel feeders, hummingbird feeders and other wildlife feeding stations add life, movement, color and sound to a memory garden. Bird baths and fish ponds are another enjoyable way to bring life and joy to the garden space.


About the Author


Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.