Our Garden History
Officially dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, the Veterans Garden began as a vision of concerned Garden Center members in 2005. Located on the site of the former Hillside Garden and in desperate need of an overhaul, Lynn Lutomski- Kiley and Mary Northcutt came up with the idea of a Veterans Garden in keeping with the War Memorial’s mission.
Their concept was presented to the Board of Trustees of the Garden Center and enthusiastically approved. A committee was formed to develop a garden design. Many meetings were held with the War Memorial staff and an initial plan was formed.
In 2009, two master gardeners, with veterans in their families, volunteered their services to help transform the Hillside Garden into the lovely Veterans Garden you see today.
Three memorial benches were donated to the garden allowing visitors to sit and reflect enjoying the view of the gardens, American flag and beautiful Lake St. Clair. A commemorative paver pathway was also installed in the spring of 2012, allowing loved ones to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices their service men and women made for our country.
(Click here for a more detailed history of the Veterans Garden.)