Peace Garden Project

 

Genesis

Our labyrinth is an amazing asset. Workers come to take a lunch break, families come to relax, writer groups congregate and dance troupes practice, drum circles arise on the full moon, and police offers relax in the shade. The labyrinth has achieved the goal of providing a respite for the valley.

 

Peace

The Peace Pole provided a theme connected deeply to our values and the struggle for Peace.

Ideas for the Peace Garden?

The picnic area and labyrinth need to be connected across the dry creek. This is the area of our largest population of desert iguanas – what can we do to help them? One of the most amazing art pieces on the grounds is nearby – can we integrate it into an overall garden? Is there some way to integrate the retention swale into a garden?

Outreach

The Labyrinth and picnic tables have become very popular with locals. Very frequently we see a family or group at the tables for lunch. Can we enhance that? With our goal to better serve families, how can we use this space? How can it increase connections to other organizations? How can it help introduce UUCOD to a wider community?

Demonstration Gardens, Nature Trail?

With this large area we could create demonstration gardens of several different native plant communities, such as desert dry wash by our dry creek. Perhaps we create a signed Nature Trail? How many different plant communities can we create?

Within a half mile of the church 12 different species of lizards and 50 species of birds have been observed. If we build a diverse habitat they will come. This is particularly important with climate change as many of the native species will benefit from just a touch of extra water and care. As well, the areas surround the church will eventually be developed so we can provide a refuge. Adding diverse desert plantings can both make the area more beautiful and increase habitat.

Next Steps

The Peace Garden is a nascent idea for Phase 2 of the Sacred Grounds Initiative. It needs a couple of people to set a vision, develop a plan, get Board approval, solicit donations and drive implementation.