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Whispering Pines Friendship & Tolerance Garden (Boca Raton)
Dedicated to: All those who lost their lives on 9-11-01 as well as those lost in the fight against terrorism
Type of Memorial: Community Garden
Location: Whispering Pines Elementary School
Address: 9090 Spanish Isle Boulevard
City: Boca Raton
Country: United States
Open to Public: Yes
The garden is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on 9-11-01 as well as those lost in the fight against terrorism. This is an on-going memorial intended to remind us about tolerance and honoring friendship. The memorial is unique. The design calls for renewed plantings that offer an opportunity for us to reflect on our friendships. Each student has offered a wish for tolerance and peace which is permenantly reflected in this memorial. There are four hundred individual handprints and names marking the garden's stepping stones. There is a deep commitment by both the students and faculty to use this garden and care for it overtime.
Reason site was selected:
This site was overgrown by weeds. In August of 2002, we felt we really needed to "do something" on this vacant space. At one time the site had been used by our pre-Kindergarden class to plant vegetables and flowers. During these troubled times, the group thought it was a good opportunity to return to this spirit to honor tolerance and promote friendship. Many people in the community donated their time and expertise to make this project happen.
Events planned for site:
There are many activities planned for this memorial. The students have started a memorial book as a guide to the garden. The gardening club is coordinating an after-school "after-care" program. And we have begun a program called "Growing Friendship - Planting Seeds," to celebrate the diversity of plants that are living together in our garden. This garden has already inspired many good ideas to help us teach tolerance in our schools and ocmmunity. We also recognize important environmental issues such as our recent drought. This year we have initiated a program where students can donate a plant to help with the drought. Each student that donates a plant will receive a photograph of their plant and a certificate of appreciation.
Do you believe your memorial is a sacred place?:
Ground Zero is a sacred place. Our memorial is a place we enjoy and celebrate peace, tolerance and friendship.