Memorial Garden View From Street
Memorial Garden View From Street
Memorial Garden Plaque
Memorial Garden Plaque

Wilton Woods Memorial Garden

Purpose:
After 9/11, we wanted to express our community's patriotism and join together to honor lives lost in war and those who lives are currently at risk fighting for our freedom. This includes police and fire units as well as those engaged in disaster relief efforts throughout the world. This garden is open to the public and highly visible in our community. We want this garden to be inclusive - open to everyone. We do not want anyone to feel isolated and that they cannot be part of this place. It is intended to be a place of serenity and reflection for all.

Reason site was selected:
A member of our community led the call for action on this project. It was formally a dumpsite and its revitalization has been an inspiration to the community at large. The garden is located in a publicly accessible - and visible location. To date the project has received several awards including the Kellogg National Gardening Award and the Capital Area Garden Club Award. Wilton Woods earned "first place" in the Keep Virginia Beautiful 2002 Public Property Competition.

Events planned for site:
We intend to hold small public events in honor of the nation's patriotic holidays. This group may hold other special events in the garden over time to celebrate national service and community.

Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?:
Our garden memorial offers an opportunity for serenity and reflection. It is also has a patriotic spirit. We do not think of it as "sacred" as defined formally as a "sacred shrine or hallowed ground." We would prefer for all to feel welcome here and avoid any religious or separatist connotations.

Sponsored by: Greater Wilton Woods Citizens Association, Wilton Woods Garden Club, & Shadow Walk Homeowners Association
Site maintained by: Greater Wilton Woods Citizens Association
Project website contact:
Project email contact: sammccutch@aol.com

Address: 3800 Ivanhoe Lane
City, State, ZIP: Alexandria, Virginia  22310
County: Fairfax
Dedication: Sep. 8, 2002
Status: Dedicated/Existing and permanent
Artwork: yes
Public access: yes
Public events: yes
Sq. Foot: 
Acreage: 1/2 acre
Number & Species of Trees: 11-20: Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Weeping Willow, Crape Myrtle, Bradford Pear, and Blue Spruce

This project is best described as a: Community Garden
This project is unique because of the: Site Planning Process

Project Sponsors and Participants
Is the community involved?: yes
Project was initiated by: Non-Profit
Land is owned by: Private
Type of participants: Volunteers
Number of people involved: more than 100
Percent of those involved who are volunteers: Everyone
Are people expected to stay involved?: yes

For more information contact : , sammccutch@aol.com