Re: Scattering Gardens?
Two years ago, one of our devoted garden volunteers informed me that he was going to be buried in our CG. Without thinking about this statement, I said "Wait a minute [name here], we can't be putting up crosses all over the garden". He replied "Ya dummy, my ashes will be scattered underneath a tree next to the vegetable garden". The city is the land owner of our CG with a 99 year lease from the Feds (military base).
Something to think about in term of permanent plans. Because of the uncertainty of ownership in most CGs per se, I'm not sure if going this route is feasible unless the garden has site permanency. Yes, it would be great to have such an area set aside for such memorials, but what happens if politics and lawyers decide to put a condo in your CG area. Do you tell ol' Ms Brown that her husband, George's ashes are located underneath the diving board in the condo's rec center? Hmmm...
Currently, we are accepting donations of $150.00 for memorial trees next to our CG. Each tree is designated by a 4 x 4 with a small brass plaque in front of it.
Something to think about, Jim
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Mary Bedard <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 18:43:41 -0700
>My mother wanted to scatter my older brother's ashes in a lake (in
>Oregon) where my younger brother had died, but was told that was not
>allowed on public property. It had something to do with
>contamination of the public waterways. I have no knowledge of
>scattering gardens, but that argument may come up when you're talking
>food production gardens. I'm interested to hear what you find out.
>Friends of Portland Community Gardens
>>Very interesting article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer Religion
>>section (but not on the Web version or I would include it) about a
>>local Lutheran church that has added what they call a "scattering
>>garden" as a place for folks to scatter the ashes of folks who have
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