Earth Day 2014 inspired us to play a more active role in being good and better stewards of the earth. Native trees, shrubs, and a labyrinth with a permeable surface and butterfly garden were selected for priorities of impact and became our big wishful concept. Our dear friend Cindy Creasy had a big smile on her face when she learned about the labyrinth and butterfly garden; but she succumbed too soon to pancreatic cancer in July 2014 before our big wishful concept became a reality.
- Thanks to numerous people, all criteria for our big wishful concept became a reality:
a more earth-friendly front lawn
- labyrinth and butterfly garden memorializing our friend Cindy Creasy in an as beautiful and inspiring manner as Cindy lived
- native plants that attract butterflies, birds, bees, and humans
- a place to sit and linger in reflection, gratitude, and joy for God’s many blessings
- native trees for shade over Phideaux Field, the parking lots, and 44th Street
- low growing buffer plantings to capture rainwater runoff
- community outreach with a spiritual message not only for Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, but also for neighbors and churches near and far
- a visible demonstration of FHPC’s hospitality to all
Generous memorial contributions from Cindy Creasy’s family and friends made possible Cindy’s labyrinth, butterfly garden, and benches, all surrounded by pink dogwoods. Red maple, cherry, rose of sharon, and red bud trees from Cindy’s friend Roseann Walling were planted along Phideaux Field and 44th Street.
A row of large red oak trees and pink and white dogwood around the front parking lot were made possible by memorial funds from family and friends for long-term member and elder Maurice Rowe.
Gifts from patrons of Phideaux Field Dog Park enabled the new trees and shrubs along Forest Hill Avenue.
In 2018, a variety of native plants expanding the butterfly habitat were made possible by family and friends for long-term member and elder Virginia Wrenn who was always interested in having a butterfly garden at church.
The design and master plan were penned by gifted landscape architect Drew Harrigan of Four Winds Design (a RiverWise preferred designer). Materials and construction were made possible by the talents of Sneed’s Nursery & Garden Center.