A New Landscape

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and forever. Amen.

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As you may have noticed from all the activity this spring, a metamorphosis has taken place at our corner of Peabody Avenue. Thanks to an exceedingly generous gift from parishioner Walker Mulherin in memory of his lovely wife, Mary Hewes Mulherin, our church grounds have undergone a remarkable transformation. Beautiful new landscaping has been carefully integrated with existing plants to create a serene and verdant space, extending our life of worship from inside the nave out to the columbarium and adjoining spaces.

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Barbara Keathley, parishioner and landscape architect extraordinaire, has given tirelessly and generously of her time and talent to create a tranquil setting for worship, contemplation, and remembrance. The plantings she has so thoughtfully chosen and meticulously placed were selected for their beauty, ease of maintenance, and year-round visual interest. Benches and paths have been positioned throughout the space to invite visitors to linger and reflect, while stunning limestone urns add to the visual appeal.

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As always, no church project of this magnitude would be complete without the dedication of our stalwart and abiding chair of all things buildings and grounds, Bruce Williams. From righting a crooked flagpole to assembling benches to addressing drainage issues, Bruce’s attention to detail assures perfection.

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We are so very grateful for Mr. Mulherin’s generosity in making this lasting memorial to Mary. Thank you to Barbara, to Bruce, and to Frank Langford for stewarding this gift by seeing every facet of this project through to such lovely completion.

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Walker was presented a dedication plaque on April 29 and these photos were taken at the time. More pictures here.
photos: Jeff White

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