A Lasting Tribute to Family and Friends is Transformed, Revitalized, and Brought to Life!
For many years there has been a tradition at Woodland. To honour friends and family members, former teachers and administrators, students who have passed on by planting a tree in the "Memorial Garden". There are a number of trees that have been planted and they surrounded a garden that was largely forgotten and ignored by most of our students except the Garden Club. The meaning and significance of such a place being lost in the overgrowth and weeds. But not anymore.
The Family and Friends of the Woodland Memorial Garden, in cooperation with staff and the gifts and support of others, have transformed the Memory Garden space into an outdoor classroom. A process that has lovingly and painstakingly taken place over the past 2 years.
The final phase of this project included the installation of a cement and armour stone seating area complete with stone wall and planted berm. The original garden area is now beautifully mulched and edged, and our fall construction technology class is currently building new seating for this space (see photos attached below). Teachers were able to start signing out this space to use for teaching and learning during the first week of classes this year. We are all very excited about the revitalization of this important space. Several hundred bulbs from the original memory garden were re-planted along the forest edge of our soccer field. They looked very beautiful this past spring and will continue to double and rebloom there for many years to come.
We are incredibly grateful to many community members who volunteered to help complete this project. Special thanks to Jeff Barten who was able to coordinate this project, and help us obtain a TD Friends of the Environment funding grant.
Special thanks also to James Koetsier, Mike Mohl, John Van Pelt, and the Barten Family who generously donated materials, equipment, expertise, and time to help make this garden transformation a reality. We would like to invite you to an official dedication (and ribbon-cutting) ceremony for our new outdoor classroom space.
Since many families are already planning to attend the Woodland Auction, we decided that this would be an excellent time to dedicate the new outdoor classroom.
Date: Saturday, October 19th
Time: Doors will open for the Woodland Auction and supper at 5:00 pm
(silent Auction is open until 6:45 pm)
Dedication of the new Outdoor Classroom will take place at 5:30 pm in the memory garden area.
If you are in contact with other families with memory trees planted in our memory garden, and you think they would enjoy being involved in this dedication event, please feel free to extend an invitation for them to join us. Please don't feel any obligation to attend. We just want you to know what's happening and keep you informed. If you have questions about this transformation project, please don't hesitate to ask.