Trinity Episcopal Garden Columbarium

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Trinity Episcopal Garden Columbarium

44 N 2nd St
Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon, 97520 USA
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Trinity Garden, Columbarium, and Sacred Ground was finished in the late fall of 2004. The garden consists of a large Chartres style labyrinth, designed and painted by the internationally known Robert Ferré on colored concrete. The three separate Columbaria units consist of 145 individual niches for the repose of the ashes of parish members and their families. Sacred ground for the scattering or burial of parishioners’ ashes is located in a fenced area between the columbarium units and the church. Low benches, a trellis, and a fountain are additional garden amenities. The trellis with seating beneath serves as a visual connection to the church building itself.

Plantings were chosen for drought tolerance, low maintenance, beauty, and spiritual significance. Twelve dwarf holly trees back the fountain, six Ginkgos surround the labyrinth, a pair of silk-handkerchief trees (Davidia) guard one main entrance, a pair of tupelos the other. A red oak, and big-toothed maples add fall color. Two white flowered Japanese snowbell trees (Styrax japonica) are in the sacred ground, and a white climbing rose will eventually cover the trellis. Other major plantings include strawberry trees, rockroses, and lavender.

Symbols of Christian significance are subtle, consisting of three large boulders in the water features that represent the Trinity, twelve holly trees that represent the Apostles, and the Chartres Labyrinth. We hope that people of all spiritual persuasions, or none, will feel comfortable in the Garden.

Fall of 2004 Trinity Garden joined the Quiet Garden Trust, an international network of gardens for introspection, meditation, and prayer, to broaden our ministry beyond Ashland. The Trust is headquartered in England and many members from throughout the world are of the Anglican tradition.

The Right Reverend Johncy Itty, Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, consecrated Trinity Garden, Columbarium, and Sacred Ground the summer of 2004. Events that have occurred include a blessing of the animals in celebration of St Francis, a Halloween watch, Walking with Mary, and a community wide Winter Solstice celebration. Individuals walk the labyrinth at all hours of the day and night, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the downtown place.

On warm days, people also rest or read on the benches within, or on the city benches along the sidewalk. This sylvan space on the busy corner of Second Street and Lithia Way in downtown Ashland is a gateway to the historic district.

The garden was designed by Covey Landscape Architecture, constructed by The Downey Company, landscaped by Solid Ground, and is maintained by Alpine Meadows, all of Ashland. Trinity Garden, Columbarium, and Sacred Ground is licensed by the Oregon State Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

Trinity Garden was made possible by a special gift from Marcia Van Dyke. A gift from Sue Harmon made the water feature possible. Many in the parish family gave generously for plantings or benches as memorials. The dedicated Trinity Garden Committee worked tirelessly to make this dream come true.

The construction and maintenance of Trinity Garden represents a significant portion of our parish resources. We invite you to support this community asset through a tax free donation. Please mark your gift: Trinity Garden and mail it to 44 N. 2nd St., Ashland, OR 97520. You will receive both our gratitude and a receipt.


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GPS Coordinates: 42.19559, -122.71064

  • Added: 11 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2622592