St. Paul’s, as part of its Centennial celebration in 2006 planned and constructed a new Memorial Garden. Located within the wrought iron fence at the southeast corner of the church is a “multi-purpose” area that is utilized for occasional outdoor services, weddings, birthday parties and musical concerts among other things. In addition to the very well planned landscaping elements the area includes a gazebo with benches to accommodate quiet reading time and meetings for folks from the Sparks Library across the way, a water fountain that runs continuously Spring through Fall affording a serene sound of calmness. The garden also has a Lych Gate entry, a tradition of the British culture, and we believe it to be one of the very few in the western United States.
In the summer of 2016, The Garden was dedicated in memory of one of its visionaries and creators, Mr. Gene Carse.
Supplementing the Lych Gate entry, there is a gate at the northeast corner of the fence and one at the southwest corner. All of these accesses are open around the clock throughout the year. There is a paver area that will accommodate seating for approximately 90 with adjoining “stage” space. There is also a large granite space mounted to the Parish Hall wall that we use to remember the babies of our members that have passed to the arms of the Lord.
Within the garden area there is also a columbarium along the wall of the church building and two granite freestanding columbaria located in the southeast corner of the garden. All of our Columbarium niches are non-denominational and all the faceplates are uniform to their respective units. This brings a peaceful symmetry to the overall concept of the garden.
Niches in the Columbaria are for sale to the general public.