Columbia Theological Seminary

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The relationship between Columbia Theological Seminary and Gardens for Peace can be traced to the very formation of the organization. Several of Columbia’s leaders have provided guidance to Gardens for Peace either in an outside advisory role or as a member of the Board of Directors. Over the years, these relationships have led to introductions to many of the seminary’s international students and guests.

This special garden was dedicated on March 30, 2000. Situated toward the rear of the campus, it offers a quiet retreat from busy campus life. A brick walkway leads students and visitors through a small grove of dogwood trees to a terraced area where three benches are secluded behind a wall of was myrtles Natural rocks were placed next to the terrace for the bronze plaque designating the site as a Garden for Peace.

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Cheyenne Botanical Gardens

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North of Denver, Colorado, The Cheyenne Botanical Gardens is centered in a 6,800 square-foot, three-sectioned greenhouse conservatory located in Lions Park. Known as a people-oriented garden, it takes advantage of an incredible volunteer force and wide use of solar energy to operate. First called the Cheyenne Community Solar Greenhouse when it opened in 1977, the currect facility was constructed in 1986 and incorporated into the City of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Department.

In Addition to maintaining and displaying a wide variety of plant collections for inspiration, nutrition, and therapy, the Botanical Garden’s mission includes providing education and outreach, community enrichment and service and therapy to it’s many volunteers which include seniors, handicapped, and at-risk youth. In fact, these volunteers provide 90 percent of all labor at the Gardens.

As a result of its diverse offerings to the community, the Garden for Peace is a natural focal point for those seeking a place of solace and rejuvenation. The designated site is located at the Women’s Civic League Peace Garden (Station 19) on the grounds near the Woodland Garden and the Perennial Border. The area features annuals, perennials, herbs, roses and a lily pond. Other areas of the eight-acre grounds include a Discovery Pond and wetland, a Western walkway, which connects many of the gardens, and an Old West Museum.

In the cold winter climate of Wyoming, visitors can take refuge in one of the three Conservatories, One features a fragrant herb garden, waterfall, exotic vines and fragrant flowers, as well as tropical plants, such as a fig tree, banana plant, and bamboo. In another, over 50,000 bedding plants are grown from seed by volunteers, destined for the Cheyenne Park System flowerbeds as well as the Botanic Gardens grounds. In the third, food is grown year-round for distribution first to the many volunteers and then to local low-income programs.

The Cheyene Botanic Garden attracts over 25,000 visitors each year, representing all 50 states and over 30 countries. It is open year-round and admission is free.

Charlottesville Historical Society Garden

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Dedicated on October 13, 2003, this Garden for Peace is located near the busy downtown mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The existing space was revamped at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society by its members, led by Ellie Montgomery Atuk and Ethel deNeveu and includes indigenous foliage with luxurious flowers and deep green colors.

Having a Garden for Pece in this part of the U.S is welcome in a community historically known as the site of war skirmishes and community involvment was imperative to its creation. The Historical Society plans to use the garden not only as a place of relaxation and meditation, but as a site for students to learn about medicinal herbs.

Chandor Gardens

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Dedicated as a Garden for Peace on June 8, 2003, Chandor Gardens, with its meandering paths and various water features, exemplifies the beauty and wonder espoused by all of the organization’s designated sited.

From it’s meager beginnings, the chalky hill 25 miles west of Fort Worth was an unlikely place for a garden. But under the skillful care of internationally acclaimed portrait artist Douglas Granville Chandor, the land in his wife’s hometown of Weatherford was transformed into a world-class garden. The Chandor’s began creating their living artwork in 1936 and over the next 16 years, turned his vision of individual garden rooms connected by walks and enclosed by hedges into a reality. Renowned for capturing both the style and ambiance of ancient Chinese gardens as well as the subtlety of formal English Gardens, the 3.5 acre estate featured winding pathways, fountains, grottos, and a 30-foot manmade waterfall.

Douglas Chandor used his talent as a portrait artist to fund his passion for gardening and during his travels to paint portraits of the rich and powerful, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Queen Elizabeth II, he gathered art objects and garden ornaments that now grace the grounds.
Following his death in 1953, his wife opened the gardens to help defray the cost of maintenance. Following her death in 1978, the gardens fell into disrepair and it wasn’t until 1995, when Charles and Melody Bradford purchased the site that restoration and recovery began. Over the next eight years, the garden was restored to it’s original beauty and in 2002, the Bradford’s sold it to the City of Weatherford. After renovations by the city, the gardens were opened to the public in the fall of 2002, serving as a place to rest, rejuvenate, and reconnect with the beauty of nature.

Caroline C. Black Garden

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Dedicated on May 4, 2001, the Caroline C. Black Garden is nestled on the banks of the Thames River in the midst of a 750-acre site known as the Connecticut College Arboretum. For 75 years, the four-acre garden has served not only as a peaceful respite from the rigors of college life, but as a teaching and research classroom for botany students.

The garden was established in the mid-1920’s by Caroline Black, the first chairwoman of the college’s Botany Department, and was named in her honor following her sudden death in 1930.

Upon entering the garden, visitors are treated to a Crimson Queen Japanese Maple taken from a cutting brought to the college in the 1950s – the first one brought to the northeast. The garden features both white oak and copper beech trees and a collection of holly plants from around the world. On the far edge of the site is a manmade water feature which slopes down to a pond filled with goldfish and across an open area is an herb collection. Designed to provide color throughout the year, the heavily wooded area includes mature evergreens and ornamental grass beds.

As part of the Caroline Black garden dedication, a Peace Essay competition was held at Connecticut College. The winning essay was written by Emily Fagin, Class of 2003. Please click here to read her essay.

For more information on the Caroline C. Black Garden please visit their website here.

Agnes Scott College

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agnes_scottDesignating Gardens for Peace on college campuses is an important part of the organization’s goal to educate young people about the significance of the garden as a symbol of spiritual harmony and quiet contemplation.

The first garden in the college category was dedicated on the campus of Agnes Scott College, on September 5, 1993, and is considered a model for gardens at other institutions of higher learning.

Agnes Scott’s Garden for Peace is located behind the Anna Young Alumnae House and provides students, faculty and administration a tranquil area for reflection in the midst of bustling campus life. The winding brick pathway through the garden is lined with liriope, leading to an inviting canopy of vinca major and ivy which reaches up into old twin oaks. The garden features camellias, mahonia, cleyera, thea sinensis and azaleas as well as helleborous blooms. Vegetation muffles the noise of nearby traffic, making the site a perfect place to experience a timeless peace that knows no season – a foundation for leading others toward worldwide peace.