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"Meditation Peace Garden" Project

FSA Garden Project Planning Committee Members:

Stewart Bailey, Carolyn Burke, Rev. Michelle Down, Barrie Evans (Chair), George Jolink, Kerry Hill, Bob Swartman, UCW representative.

Garden Project Charter
The Committee is tasked to create an inspiring space, comprising the church grounds, which reflects the beauty of God’s creation; which enhances the historical architecture of the church; which enhances the neighbourhood; and which offers a destination for all to pause and stay a while to engage in mindful reflection and meditation.


  1. Plan adheres to proposal and city contract (design may go beyond what is funded by the City)
  2. Design is compatible with church architecture
  3. Design enhances neighbourhood/streetscape
  4. Plan does not disrupt natural ecology (e.g. Chimney Swifts)
  5. As far as possible, design adheres to the principles of Permaculture (note: possibility of using rainwater)
  6. Resulting space is low maintenance
  7. Design incorporates Native trees and as far as possible, native plants
  8. Plan preserves shade trees where possible and also considers succession planning for old trees
  9. Design offers a variety of spaces to sit, walk, meditate, pray and engage all the senses
  10. Area is accessible for people with limited mobility
  11. Area(s) are child friendly, possibly incorporating some educational, activity areas
  12. Site could provide a venue for display of public art and music performance

See the slide presentation made to the congregation on January 28th, 2018 outlining the work on the Garden Project.


  • Garden Project Update: There has been a delay in starting construction of the garden.  Crosby Landscape and Design have experienced delays in completing other projects and experienced a break-in at their greenhouses. In other news, we have been fortunate to receive a grant from the United Church of Canada “Embracing the Spirit” initiative of $5,000 to go towards the garden project. More good news from the Eco-Meditation Garden Planning Committee! We have just learned that we have received another grant, this one from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for $8,000. This one along with the other three grants that we have received, will enable to complete a substantial part of the garden plan.
  • We will be looking to create a team of volunteers to help with the garden maintenance starting in 2019. If you are interested and have one or two hours to give to the exciting project, or any time at all, please contact Barrie Evans at   No previous experience is necessary and every little bit of time will be a contribution.


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