First Parish of Watertown

Memorial Garden

FPW Memorial Garden designed by Karen Sebastian
FPW Memorial Garden designed by Karen Sebastian


Imagine some future day looking out from the downstairs social hall, through new French doors, to a round terrace with a chalice sculpture outside.  The scene includes walkways and places to meditate, enjoy fresh air during social hour, see an outdoor concert, and join in summer worship services.  Imagine also walking along a low wall, a “ribbon of remembrance”, honoring past members of our congregation.  On that day, we’ll recall this scene had its origins in 2015, when we expanded our view – literally – beyond our doors and provided our community and ourselves with welcoming and contemplative exterior spaces.

We thank members who planted the seed for the Memorial Garden by expressing wishes to be memorialized here over two decades ago.

The current plan was designed by Karen Sebastian, landscape architect, with input from parishioners through design meetings held in 2014.  View Karen’s presentation materials >> ( please give the plan and presentation pages a minute to load).

The cost of the memorial garden and gathering space is projected to be: $164K; which we will pay by pledges to the Opening Doors Campaign.

View more information about costs >>  or  Find out how we can make these projects a reality!