A meditation garden within the walls of a federal prison. A sculpture garden built by at-risk youth in the inner city. A therapeutic healing garden on the grounds of a hospital. A community peace garden serving a community made up of 80 different cultures and languages.  

These are just a few examples of the kinds of urban green spaces—what we call Sacred Places—that have come to life over the last few decades. We invite you to get to know a few by exploring our searchable directory below. Contact us to learn more!
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Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup

7804 House of Correction Road
Jessup, MD 20794

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Prison garden
Phil Morgan

The Garden of Reflection at the Maryland Correctional Institute in Jessup, Maryland, includes a meditative garden space that was envisioned and created by the inmates. It is bordered by a mini-arboretum of saplings that is tended by the inmates. All aspects combine for a powerful metaphoric image: the saplings will be transplanted into the communities...

Metropolitan Transition Center

954 Forrest Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Prison garden

What was once a bleak, rubble-filled prison yard is now an expanded greenspace with two benches for reflection, flower beds and contemplative paths. Nature Sacred and several partners worked together to transform the prison yard at the same time of creating a Horticulture and Arts program at MTC. While earning Master Gardener certificates, inmates beautified...

Western Correctional Institution

Western Correctional Institute

13800 McMullen Hwy SW

Cumberland, MD 21502

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Prison garden

Our country has the highest imprisonment rate of any other nation worldwide. There are more than 2.2 million people in prison. And the US Department of Justice estimates that over two-thirds of released prisoners will be incarcerated again within three years. When Jon Galley became warden at Western Correctional Institution (WCI) in Cumberland, Maryland, his...


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