Sacred Places Directory

     

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!
Image Name Type Firesoul Description

4th Street City Park

4th Street and Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

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Community park
Jib Edwards

Often known as Leon Wolfe Park, this Sacred Place is nestled within a street-end park that was in dire need of an updated design and renovation. It is a quiet place for contemplation and also an environmentally proactive rain garden; a model for all Annapolis street end parks. Features include plants designed to capture and...

A Wider Circle at Sibley Plaza

1140 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20002
https://awidercircle.org/

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Community Garden
Liz Anne Ganiban

In a neighborhood where the dome of the U.S. Capital can be seen just blocks away, there live 250 low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities struggling to meet their basic needs of food, housing, adequate health care and human dignity. With a grant to A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end...

Advocates for the Survivors of Torture and Trauma (now closed)

431 East Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212

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Hospital garden

The Healing Garden at ASTT, one of 140 accredited torture survivor treatment centers worldwide, is firmly anchored in the area of holistic healing for a unique community of users. ASTT serves torture survivors from more than 38 countries and cultures, helping victims find inner strength and nurturing a sense of hope through counseling and programs...

Amazing Port Street Garden

2424 McElderry Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
http://amazinggracelutheran.org/blog/

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Community Farm,
Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Pastor Gary Dittman

Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and The McElderry Park Community joined together to create Amazing Port Street, a project on a mission to build community and nurture life through creating a Sacred Community Commons for Healing and Peace in the heart of the community. The space includes community gardens, gardening education and activities, youth art,...

American Geophysical Union, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

2000 Florida Avenue N.W.

Washington, DC 20009

https://www.agu.org/

Community Garden
Brandon Bobisink

The American Geophysical Union’s outdoor plaza incorporates strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect and retain stormwater while fostering a healthy, collaborative work environment that invites people to reflect in nature. The American Geophysical Union building in Dupont Circle is the first ever net-zero energy renovation project. When faced with the need to renovate...

American Psychological Association Rooftop

10 G Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2008/10/green-roof.aspx

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Labyrinth,
Rooftop garden

Katelynn Wiggins

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., this green roof garden and rooftop labyrinth is open for public use on the roof of the American Psychological Association. The APA, which has 115,000 members, worked in partnership with the World Resources Institute, a building tenant, in the creation and implementation of this innovative project. This is considered to...

American Visionary Art Museum Sculpture Garden

800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
http://www.avam.org

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Community Garden
Rebecca Hoffberger

As a featured enhancement to the American Visionary Art Museum’s existing meditation and sculpture garden, Nature Sacred partnered with AVAM to add a cascading and illuminated, water fountain wall – complete with multiple, humorous, carved stone heads, each spouting water – created by visionary elder artist, Ted Ludwiczak. This garden oasis stands at the heart...

Annapolis Light House Healing Garden

10 Hudson Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/

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Community Garden
Jennifer Crawford

Lighthouse Ministries has served the homeless and disadvantaged in Anne Arundel County for more than 21 years. The Healing Garden, dedicated in 2010, is the embodiment of a rich collaborative partnership aimed at integrating communities and mending the spirit. Consistent with their mission to rebuild lives through service and compassion, Light House and its partners...

Annapolis Maritime Museum Garden

723 2nd St

Annapolis, MD 21403
http://www.amaritime.org/

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Community park
Caitlin Swaim

Nature Sacred’s Sacred Place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is the focal point for morning walks with kids and dogs, concerts, family picnics, and, at the spring equinox, the place where sailors gather from all over to burn their socks. This quirky rite of spring is just one indication of what makes this site so unique....

Annapolis Waterworks Park

260 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD 21401

https://www.annapolis.gov/1085/Waterworks-Park

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Community park
Marissa Wittlinger

The Annapolis Waterworks Park is a passive recreational facility operated by the Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks. This 500-acre park is situated one mile west of the Annapolis Mall, and is one of the few open-space resources in the area which provides the public with hiking trails, as well as places to picnic and...

Ashland Justice Hugo Black Park, in partnership with CFNEA

479 2nd St NW

Ashland, AL 36251

Groundbreaking for Hugo Black Memorial in Ashland 

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Community park,
Memorial garden

John Rochester

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org

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Community Garden
Nicole Fall

Located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, Baltimore Clayworks exists to develop, sustain and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programs in ceramic arts. An integral part of our campus is our Nurturing Nature Outdoor Community Space. The outdoor community space is a place of respite and enjoyment for...

Baltimore Community Mediation Center

3333 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
http://communitymediation.org/

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Community Garden
Erricka Bridgeford

Baltimore Community Mediation Program provides free mediation services, teaches conflict resolution skills, mobilizes volunteer community mediators and educates the public. By making mediation and other nonviolent conflict resolution strategies more accessible in Baltimore City, the Community Mediation Program reduces violence and interpersonal conflict and animosity while improving communication all across Baltimore City. This neighborhood desperately...

Barton Park (formerly Whitman Walker Clinic)

2401 10th St N,

Arlington, VA 22201
http://www.whitman-walker.org/

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Community park,
Labyrinth

Dick Blackburn

Even on a cold and windy November morning, there’s something peaceful about the path that meanders past the community garden at Arlington County’s Barton Park. The smell of pine needles is strong in the air. Blowing leaves are scattered across the smooth river stones that nestle beneath the boulders that border the walk. Stroll down an...

Beach 41st Street Gardens

38-20 Beach Channel Drive
Queens, NY 11691

Watch our film Hurricane Healing Garden

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Community Farm,
Community Garden

Renae Reynolds

The Sacred Place at Beach 41st Street Houses in New York is one of the many community gardens within the Nature Sacred Network. It had been a vital part of the community for more than two decades when it was suddenly destroyed in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy struck and devastated much of Queens. The garden’s...

Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center

1525 Marriottsville Road,
Marriottsville, MD 21104

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Tessa Barnett

The Bon Secours Labyrinth is the focal point of a one-acre Sacred Place surrounded by tall trees, plants, flowers and meditation benches. The Center is used by many diverse groups for meetings, seminars and conferences. The labyrinth at Bon Secours is based on the design of the eleven-circuit labyrinth on the floor of the Cathedral...

Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis

121 S Villa Ave

Annapolis, MD 21401

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Community Garden
Lisa Lindsay-Mondoro

Brenton Arboretum

25141 260th St
Dallas Center, IA 50063
http://www.thebrentonarboretum.org/

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Community park,
Labyrinth

Melissa Burdick

With over 2,500 different trees and shrubs representing 500 different taxa of plants on display, the Brenton Arboretum centers its focus on celebrating trees and encouraging its visitors to learn and care for trees as well. Trees are strategically placed throughout the arboretum, blocking any views that would be clogged with outside distractions such as...

Butterfly Garden & Overlook

26th and Maiden Lane
Joplin, MO 64804

Watch our film Hurricane Healing Garden

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Community park,
Memorial garden

Sara Fisher

In May 2011, an EF5, mile-wide, multi-vortex tornado chewed through a large swath of Joplin, MO. In just 38 minutes, the tornado claimed 161 lives, injured 1150 others; it caused billions of dollars in damages, and left thousands of trees decimated, uprooted or maimed. Parts of the community were utterly devastated. In response, a special...

Central Park Conservancy

830 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Central Park Conservancy

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Community park

Tucked inside the Park at West 77th Street is a beautiful, secluded and contemplative setting with extraordinary vistas of the Manhattan skyline to the South and the Ramble Woodlands to the East is the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park. The Ladies Pavilion Landscape was in need of refurbishment from the amount of visitors to the...

Childrens’ Peace Center

4 East University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218

Childrens’ Peace Center

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Community Garden
Tom Gamper

The Childrens’ Peace Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the spirit of peace within children and to enrich their lives through creative self-expression. A Childrens’ Peace and Memorial Garden at the Cathedral of the Incarnation was created in memory of children who have been killed each year in Baltimore City due to street...

Choose Life Memorial Garden, in partnership with Intersection of Change

Intersection of Change
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
www.intersectionofchange.org

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Community Garden,
Memorial garden

Todd Marcus

The space began as an effort to repurpose a vacant lot that was left after an empty building was demolished. The garden also found its purpose in memorializing those lost to drugs and violence in the community. Capitalizing on the opportunity to create a nature focused memorial space in a crowded metropolis, the lush garden...

Coming Soon: BLISS Meadows

5105 Plainfield Ave

Baltimore, MD 21206

Community Farm,
Community Garden

Atiya Wells

Backyard Basecamp and its BLISS Meadows in Baltimore exist to inspire and empower Black, Indigenous, and all people of color to explore and find nature in the places they live. BLISS Meadows is a 10-acre site at the intersection of environmental and food justice. A Sacred Place anchored by the site’s upper pond will provide a healing and restorative...

Coming Soon: Day Plaza at The Hospitality Hub

Community Garden
Kelcey Johnson

The public Day Plaza will welcome individuals experiencing homelessness to seek respite from street and shelter life....

Coming Soon: Public Space at The Hub Hotel

Community Garden
Kelcey Johnson

Along an exterior wall of the Hub Hotel, a transitional shelter specifically serving women experiencing homelessness, and bordering the adjacent street, this Sacred Place will provide staff, residents, community members, and visitors alike with a natural sanctuary....

Coming Soon: Splash and Shade Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works

2 & 8 N. Fulton Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21223

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Community Garden
Shakira Foster

As a housing developer, Unity Properties understands that equitable housing is not merely about the inside built environment but is just as much about the neighborhood amenities and healthy environment surrounding the built units. This drove us to begin to engage our residents in 2017 around the vacant, dumping ground at 2 N. Fulton Avenue...

Coming Soon: Staff Courtyard at the Hospitality Hub

Community Garden
Kelcey Johnson

At the Hub’s new expanded center of operations, serving as the region’s single point of entry for homeless individuals, shelter, and outreach nexus, the Staff Courtyard is a Sacred Place for employees to find respite and solace....

Coming Soon: Urban Farm, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works

Fayette St. & Fulton Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21223

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Community Farm
Yvonne Butler

The Bon Secours Urban Farm Initiative has been actively growing fresh fruits and vegetables on a ¼ acre site across from Bon Secours Community Works since late 2016. Over ten years ago, BSCW’s Clean & Green workforce development training team adopted the vacant lots, where fourteen row homes once stood. They converted the land into...

Coming Soon: Wangari Gardens

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Community Farm,
Community Garden

Kelly Collins

We are next to the Parkview and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods, as well as Washington Hospital/Children’s National Hospital/Washington Veterans Hospital. The land is owned by the DC Dept of Transportation, and managed through a MOA. We are working with Casey Trees to put a conservation easement on the property that would protect it from development in...

Coming Soon: Women’s and Staff Space at The Hub Hotel

Community Garden
Kelcey Johnson

Integrated into the existing enclosed patio, this Sacred Place for staff and residents not only serves to promote healing but also provides an outdoor location for meetings, services, and programs....

Coming Soon: Women’s Space at The Hospitality Hub

Community Garden
Kelcey Johnson

Outside the new women’s shelter, which houses 32 rooms, will be a dedicated outdoor space for residents, a Sacred Place designed with the principles of trauma-informed care....

Community Restorative Garden and Dog Run, in partnership with CFNEA

343 Mountain Street
Heflin, AL 36264

Watch a video about our site in the City of Heflin 

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Community Garden
Tammy Perry

To improve health, understanding Heflin is a community of dog-lovers, the space will offer a dog run—aimed to inspire more use and engagement for all community members, even the furry ones....

Congressional Cemetery

1801 E St SE

Washington, DC 20003

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Community Garden,
Memorial garden

Paul Williams

The Ward Six 9/11 Memorial Grove at Congressional Cemetery broke ground on Arbor Day as the first of nine memorial groves to be placed around the city in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Rosemary Dillard, who lost her husband at the Pentagon on September 11th, spoke to the audience...

Crispus Attucks Park

63 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
http://crispusattucksparkdc.org/about/

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Community Garden
John Corea

Twenty years ago, the property looked nothing like it does today. A burned out building and concrete and asphalt surfaces littered with abandoned cars would have greeted a visitor walking down the alley. Neighborhood residents worked together to reclaim the space and transform it into the community gem it is today.  Crispus Attucks Park is...

Crossroads Garden, in partnership with CFNEA

7290 Co Rd, Centre, AL 35960 

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Community Garden
Sheila Mobley

They look to infuse a Sacred Place to escape the daily stresses of modern life and find peace—and, in keeping with their mission, this space will be a “place where [people] may journey back and remember the history of their families that built the community. A place available for school field trips that help educate...

Dr. Stephen Brewer Sculpture Garden, in partnership with CFNEA

Mentone, AL 35984

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Community Garden
Randy Grider

The Dr. Stephen Brewer Sculpture Garden at the Mentone Arts & Culture Center is no ordinary garden. Located in Mentone, Alabama, this Sacred Place pays its homage to the Native Americans who once lived on the ground it stands on through different statues and designs in the park. In addition to honoring the past, the...

Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park, in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum

7300 Edgewood RD
Annapolis, MD 21403

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Community park
Sophie Katz

What was once an overgrown, neglected park was transformed by the volunteers and operations staff of Annapolis Maritime Museum into a safe and beautiful waterfront park for the Annapolis community. A space once used for storage is now a clean and comfortable environmental education center, complete with two classrooms, updated facilities, and a green roof,...

Epiphany Chapel

1419 Odenton Rd

Odenton, MD 21113

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth,
Memorial garden

Dr. Phebe McPherson

One project in which Episcopalians have been directly involved is the Peace Garden, dedicated in 2002 on the grounds of Epiphany Chapel and Church House in Odenton, Md., to honor the 2,929 military chaplains who served in World War I. “The garden is a crowning tribute to the faith and courage of chaplains who served...

Frederick Douglass Museum Garden

1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020
http://www.nps.gov/frdo/

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Community Garden,
Memorial garden

Julie Kutruff

The Gardens at Cedar Hill was conceived when Douglass’ mansion was placed on the list of 10 most endangered national parks. It provides lovely embellishment for the grounds and represents a show of support for the preservation of the legacy of a powerful community hero of international acclaim. It is a place to sit and...

Garden of Little Angels at Franklin Square Hospital Center

9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
http://www.franklinsquare.org/

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Hospital garden,
Memorial garden

CeCe Finney

Located in the Women’s Pavilion of the Franklin Square Hospital is a Memorial Loss Garden, the “Garden of Little Angels.” This garden serves as a place of solace and peace for patients and hospital staff as well as for parents, friends and family members who wish to honor the loss of a baby through miscarriage,...

Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at the University of Maryland

1101 Memorial Chapel
College Park, MD 20742
http://www.chapel.umd.edu/garden.php

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Labyrinth,
School Garden

Denise McHugh

Its concept originated in the students’ response to national tragedies, such as the Virginia Tech massacre and the terrorist attacks of September 11. As a way to try to process and understand such loss, students unconsciously gravitated to the spot, a soon-to-be sacred space in nature that was adjacent to the Veterans Memorial. The Garden...

Garden of the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery

2229 W Joppa Rd

Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Bench found new home after closing of ASTT. This Sacred Place sits under a lovely tree, adjacent to the labyrinth in the Sisters’ garden, and takes in the prospect of the slope beyond. It is much used and enjoyed, including by Asylee Women Enterprise members, near neighbors down Joppa Road. For the Benedictine, community is our...

Georgetown Waterfront Park

3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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Community park,
Labyrinth

Margaret Hardon

The Georgetown Waterfront Park is the vital last link that joins the 225 miles of public parkland along the Potomac River from the terminus of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, in Cumberland, Maryland, to historic Mt. Vernon, Virginia. The Citizens Association of Georgetown has partnered with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service and Nature...

Govans Presbyterian Church Garden and Labyrinth

5828 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
http://www.govanspres.org/govanspres/

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Pam Wallace

Govans Presbyterian Church provides an accessible outdoor seven-circuit labyrinth that is open and available to both the church and the community on a year-round basis. The labyrinth is constructed from natural and living materials, and is part of the church’s effort to establish “holy space” in the midst of the surrounding city. The church often...

Green Road at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20889

The Green Road Project

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Hospital garden
Fred Foote

  The Green Road was among Nature Sacred’s National Nature Sacred Award winners. This space in particular is a first of its kind. Created from a forested piece of land bordering the military’s flagship hospital in Bethesda, MD, the purpose of The Green Road is to aid in the healing process of “wounded warriors” dealing...

Healing and Restorative Garden, in partnership with CFNEA

3705 Mays Bend Road, Pell City, AL 35125

Learn more about our site at Pell City Gateway Community Garden, Inc

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Community Garden
Linda Tutwiler

Located in Pell City, Alabama, the Gateway Community Gardens serves as a wonderful example of how community gardening can harvest more than just vegetables. The expressed goal of the garden is to provide food to the less fortunate in the Pell City area, but the garden also functions as a place of relaxation, restoration and...

Healing Garden and Labyrinth at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/

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Hospital garden,
Labyrinth

Paula Teague

Through the creation of a labyrinth, the project reaches out to patients, staff and the community with a message of hope and healing, while offering an opportunity for relaxation and peace. This project unites the health care and spiritual care professions to help community members achieve healing and relaxation....

Healing Garden at Anne Arundel Medical Center

2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.askaamc.org/

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Hospital garden
Gretchen Mulvihill

Located adjacent to the Meditation Center, the Healing Garden includes a meandering path of bluestone paving, along with a water feature that transitions from boulders to smoothly polished river stones. With a generous gift from Homestead Gardens, the Garden is filled with lush planting, presenting a holistic approach to healing. The Healing Garden offers a...

Healing Garden at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center

300 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
http://www.mybwmc.org/healing-garden

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Hospital garden
Susan Iaquinta

The Healing Garden is nestled behind the Tate Cancer Center at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Surrounded by lush, grass terraces intricately landscaped with bushes and trees, and beside two rectangle reflection ponds, the outdoor seating area is incredibly serene. This communal gathering space sits upon hundreds of bricks, dedicated by donors, engraved with the...

Healing Garden at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

2200 Kernan Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207
http://www.umrehabortho.org/patients/healinggarden

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Hospital garden
Candace Rebuck

Kernan Hospital’s Healing Garden was made possible by the local staff, community volunteers and associations. The garden incorporates benches, a water feature with fish, a sensory garden, a medicinal herb garden and secluded activity areas with specialized gardening tools, trellises, arbors and planters. It was designed and constructed so that it could be used as...

Inspiration Point, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
http://www.cbf.org

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Community Garden
Kimrey Argabright

“The project that started it all” – Inspiration Point. 1996 marked the first official Nature Sacred Space with a signature bench and journal, located at The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. A long path canopied by vibrant trees, plants and flowers, leads to a destination point overlooking one of the many back creeks...

J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center Garden

175 Harry S. Truman Pkwy,

Annapolis, MD 21401

Hospital garden
William Jamison

Jeremy’s Way Street End Park

End of Jeremy’s Way
Annapolis, MD 21403
http://www.themre.org/

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Community Garden

Jeremy’s Way Street End Park is tucked discreetly at the end of a walkway that naturally leads you into the Sacred Place filled with plants and a view of the Chesapeake Bay in the Maritime Republic of Eastport. The only sounds are those of nature. The space is a favorite among the local residents of...

Joseph Beuys Garden at Patterson Park

27 S Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Community park
Jennifer Robinson

This is one of 3 Joseph Beuys Gardens in the Nature Sacred Network. Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a...

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC

UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park

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School Garden
Sandra Abbott

This is one of 3 Joseph Beuys Gardens in the Nature Sacred Network. Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a...

Josephine Butler Center, in partnership with Washington Parks and People

Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
https://washingtonparks.net/ 

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Community Garden
Steve Coleman

Meridian Hill — an ancient Native American spiritual ground and the site of America’s first national park for the performing arts — has been dramatically reclaimed from crime and violence by its Washington, D.C. community. The Josephine Butler Parks Center, which sits atop Meridian Hill, is Washington’s “greenhouse” for celebrating and advancing once-forgotten green spaces...

Jubilee Arts Performance Garden, in partnership with Intersection of Change

1947 Pennsylvania Ave

Baltimore, MD, 21217

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Community Garden
Todd Marcus

Jubilee Arts is a community program providing arts classes to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Jubilee Arts is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, an area with a rich history of African-American culture, and is helping to bring the arts back to life in the community. Offering programs in dance,...

Juvenile Agency Volunteer Auxiliary Garden

129 E. Main St
Unity Square
Elkton, MD 21921

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Community Garden
Giulia Hodge

Looking for new opportunities to counsel and support at-risk youth, JAVA has partnered with several community and civic organizations to envision and create a new town square at the centrally located courtyard of the Cecil County Courthouse. As an alternative to being assigned to the detention system, JAVA clients perform community service in the garden...

Key School

534 Hillsmere Drive

Annapolis, MD 21403

School Garden

Kirby Lane Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works

1820-1828 W Saratoga St

Baltimore, MD 21223

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Community Garden
Donald Quarles

Residents of the 1800 Block of Saratoga, led by Block Captain Donald Quarles, have organized efforts to stop chronic illegal dumping; restore scars on the block caused by the expansive demolition of deteriorating vacant homes; and establish a positive space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Donald, a 40 year resident of the block, came...

Langdon Community Park

2901 20th St NE
Washington, DC 20018

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Community park,
Memorial garden

Cheryl Dixon

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Memorial Tree Groves Project was envisioned as a way to pay lasting tribute to the tragic events of that day. A collaboration between GreenSpaces for DC, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, and the US Forest Service, one central and eight ward-based neighborhood memorial tree groves...

Langton Green Community Farm

844 Generals Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

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Community Farm,
Community Garden

Daniel Ierardi

Since its founding in 1984, Langton Green, an Anne Arundel County-based residential community that supports adults with intellectual disabilities, has sought to establish a place where people with varying needs and abilities could live, work and learn to make a positive impact on the surrounding community. They provide programs and services tailored to the individual...

Life Garden at Fort Payne Walking Park, in partnership with CFNEA

107 5th Street NW, Fort Payne, AL

Learn more about our site at Fort Payne Mainstreet

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Community Garden
Connie Fuller

At the Life Garden in at the Fort Payne Walking Park in Fort Payne, Alabama, no sensory detail is lost. All of the senses are engaged through the garden’s purposeful goal of reflection and meditation for all. Visitors are able to walk through three circular paths representing the three stages of life: birth, life’s journey,...

Marian House

949 Gorsuch Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21218
http://marianhouse.org/

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Community Garden
Katie Allston

The mission of Marian House is to nurture self-esteem and give troubled women the tools they need to realize their full potential. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden came into being as an outgrowth of the work of Marian House. Four 6 ½ foot tall female caryatids sculpted in marble are mounted on the front façade of...

Martha’s Place Garden, in partnership with Intersection of Change

1928 Pennsylvania Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217

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Community Garden
Todd Marcus

Martha’s Place is a Maryland state-certified recovery program for women overcoming substance abuse and homelessness. Martha’s Place borders Baltimore’s communities of Sandtown-Winchester and Upton and offers long-term Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing. Martha’s Place provides a structured recovery program to help clients maintain sobriety and develop life-skills vital for independent living. While national recovery rates...

Marvin Gaye Park, in partnership with Washington Parks and People

Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE & Division Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019

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Community park
Steve Coleman

Washington Parks & People has been a strong impetus behind the reclamation and revitalization of one of D.C.’s most historic and memorable parks. Formerly Watts Branch Park, Marvin Gaye Park is the longest continuous city park and creek in D.C. Since 2001, its decline from the previous decades has been turned around, cleaned up and...

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...

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

801 Chase Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

The centerpiece of Maryland Hall’s Founder’s Green is the labyrinth, which also features an artist’s circle, a majestic elm tree and benches for reflection. Maryland Hall’s labyrinth was constructed in 2002, and is a replica of that inlaid in the floor of Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral outside Paris. The Artist’s Circle sits on the...

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...

Mount Washington Arboretum

Lochlea Rd,
Baltimore, MD 21209
Mount Washington Arboretum

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Community Garden
Dr. Mike Sherlock

What was once an abandoned, one-acre brown field where an apartment building once stood in northern Baltimore City is now the site of the Mt. Washington Arboretum. The site features over 250 yards of trails infused with hundreds of native plant species, as well as a interpretive signs, five seating arrangements, a tool shed with...

Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy

1300 Bladensburg Road, N.E.,

Washington, D.C. 20002

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Community Garden,
Memorial garden

Cheryl Tyiska

Catholic cemeteries are sacred burial grounds for those who have left the earth, but they also serve as powerful places for the living. Mount Olivet Cemetery’s green space is no exception, and is a welcome center of reflection, comfort and tranquility. The green space at Mount Olivet contains a specifically designed Nature Sacred bench with...

Mural Park at West Anniston Gateway, in partnership with CFNEA

1128 Gurnee Avenue
Anniston, AL 36201

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Community Garden
Steven Folks

Nestled within the city of Anniston resides the West Fifteenth Street Historic District—a once-thriving commercial and social center for African Americans during an era of deep segregation. During this time, the city offered everything its residents needed, and the beautiful mural in this quarter-acre Sacred Place was painted to show just that. It is also...

Naval Cemetery Landscape

Williamsburg Street West between Kent Ave and Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Community park,
Memorial garden

Terri Carta

The Sacred Place at the Naval Cemetery Landscape was created as part of The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a much larger plan to transform unused space around Brooklyn Navy Yard into lush waterfront, and was a National Nature Sacred Awards grantee. Covering more than 1.5 acres, the space is the site of a former naval cemetery...

Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden

4414 Frankford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21206

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Lauren Goodsmith

The Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden was planted on the grounds of St. Anthony of Padua Church in 2000. Since that time, the Garden has become a place of peace and healing for all who come to visit this sacred space. Over the years, the Garden has  continued to grow, so that as you stroll through...

Old Market House Square

2001 14th Street SE
Washington, DC 20020

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Community Garden
Donald Cryer

The park is located in the median on 14th Street SE between U and V Streets and has been the centerpiece of the community since it was built in 1913. But it was showing its age: Neglect had turned it into more of an eyesore than a gathering space. The project committee recognized and understood...

Providence Hospital

1150 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

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Hospital garden

Providence Hospital, a Catholic hospital located in Northeast Washington, D.C., was founded in 1861 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. At Providence Hospital, with its commitment to community care in a first-rate facility, more babies of poor mothers have been delivered than at any other hospital in the area. As the...

Reflective Garden at Gunn-Bellenger House, in partnership with CFNEA

872 Chestnut Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Learn more about our site with Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation here

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Community Garden
Bobby Welch

Nestled in Gadsden, Alabama, the Gunn Bellenger House has stood the test of time. It is a beautiful Victorian-style home that was built in the early 1900s. The Gunn Bellenger House is classic Victorian: white checkered wrap around porch, complete with light green arches, a sprawling lawn, contrasting light and dark paneling. It makes for...

SAFE’s Mind, Body and Spirit Pathway, in partnership with CFNEA

78 Betsy Ross Lane

Sylacauga, AL 35150
Community Garden
Margaret Morton

SAFE is a community-based, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities for families, to contribute to the growth of its community, to improve quality of life and to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and families in Talladega County, Alabama. BRIDGES is a program SAFE operates in four locations for Talladega County...

Sarah’s Garden at SIFAT Campus, in partnership with CFNEA

2944 Co Rd 113

Lineville, AL 36266

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Community Garden
Mellie Parris

Overlooking the serene Mad Indian creek, Sarah’s Garden at the Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) Campus in Lineville, Alabama is a stellar place for both interpersonal and broad reflection. Visitors at the park can often see people fishing for heron, and local turtles basking in the sun. The entire garden is an ideal place...

Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA

254 S. College Street Gadsen, AL

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Community Garden
Nicole Tudor

The Gadsden Public Library is a center of learning, reflection, and peace. The mission of their Sacred Place, the Sensory Garden, is no different. Inspiration for the garden developed from the desire for children to utilize all of their senses in the process of learning, and to have a place to both grow and heal...

St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church

3305 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041

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Community Garden

Dedicated in 2005 and located behind St. Anthony’s Church is a community Peace and Remembrance Garden, enclosed on three sides by the church building and the rectory, providing individuals with an opportunity to nourish their souls in quiet meditation and contemplation. The garden also serves as a place for community gatherings of both the parish...

St. James Episcopal Church of Irvington

205 South Augusta Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229

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Community Garden

With a focus on programming and hands on involvement, the neighborhood Youth ministry of St. James Mission Church, along with the greater Irvington community, worked to create a community peace park and labyrinth. The peace park is truly a grassroots effort that depended on the hard work of the surrounding community....

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

6030 Grosvenor Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20814
http://www.stlukesbethesda.org/labyrinth

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Susan Casson

In 1999, a small group of St. Luke’s parishioners gathered to explore their interest in labyrinth walking. Once they shared the calming experiences of walking the labyrinth with their fellow parishioners, interest in building a permanent outdoor labyrinth in connection with the Memorial Garden located on church grounds grew. The labyrinth design is based on...

St. Mary’s Elementary School

111 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

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School Garden
Mark Buscelli

Tucked in a meaningful corner of a downtown K-12 school campus, this unique open, Sacred Place has offered a moment of respite to countless students, teachers, parents and passersby over its two decades of existence.  St. Mary’s celebrates the inspired programs that spring to life in these kinds of urban settings; this garden has played...

St. Paul’s School

11152 Falls Road
Brooklandville, MD 21022
https://www.stpaulsschool.org/

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Labyrinth,
School Garden

The St. Paul’s School is a K-12 college preparatory school located near Baltimore City. Here on the campus can be found a Community Labyrinth and Peace/Meditation Garden, important tools for students and the greater community to help in understanding how important quiet time is for maintaining a physically, mentally and spiritually balanced life. Both the...

Stony Run

1 Oakdale Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21210

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Community park,
Memorial garden

Janet Felsten

The original Firesoul, Dr. Michael Beer, retired chairman of John Hopkins University biophysics department, was committed to the upkeep of the park, and for many years organized the replanting of native species there. When the Jones Falls Watershed Association proposed a bench honoring his efforts, he selected the location for the Nature Sacred bench to...

Stringfellow Garden, in partnership with CFNEA

327 1st Street N Ashland, AL 36251

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Community Garden
Kim Cain

Known as the City of Friends, Ashland seeks to reverse a stigma of economic depression—and wants to work to bring the community together in an effort to combat violence and other social ills that plague so many cities today. Nestled within the Ashland City Park, this Sacred Place, dedicated to the memory of Susie Parker...

Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams, in partnership with CFNEA

627 Battle Street W

Talladega, AL 35160

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School Garden
Mililani Sinclair

In the historic district of Talladega, AL, and tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits Talladega College, Alabama’s oldest private historically black college. The campus is uniquely positioned for a Sacred Place—as it resides in an already quiet place, removed from nearby urban hustle. In recent years, the college has conducted a...

Terrace Garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

2801 N Gantenbein Avenue
Portland, OR 97227

Legacy Health

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Hospital garden
Teresia Hazen

The 6500 square foot suspended green space is connected to the Family Birth Center as well as the Cardiovascular ICU and family waiting rooms; and is accessible round-the-clock to all hospital patients, visitors and employees. It was designed to accommodate a wide range of physical conditions and abilities and needs. Among its four-seasons array of...

Thanksgiving Place

1000 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
http://www.gedco.org/

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Community Garden,
Labyrinth

Nichole Battle

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO), Nature Sacred and the Baltimore community worked together to see this vision become a reality just in time for Thanksgiving 2006. GEDCO works in partnership with faith-based and community organizations to provide affordable housing, support services, food and emergency assistance to neighbors in need. Stadium Place, located in the Waverly...

The Arc of Central Chesapeake – Annapolis

931 Spa Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.thearcccr.org/

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Community park
Jonathan Rondeau

The Arc of Central Chesapeake Region, Inc. (The Arc) has created a decorative MaryLandscapes Sensory Garden designed for people with developmental disabilities, their families and the Annapolis community. The Arc property was transformed from a useless junk yard of old tires, concrete, blacktop, broken bottles, non-native trees and invasive plants, into a beautiful native garden....

The Arc of Central Chesapeake – Severn

1332 Donald Ave
Severn, MD 21144

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Community Garden
Jonathan Rondeau

This Sacred Place, developed in partnership with The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, is located on the grounds of their Severn campus for staff and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It offers services like financial assistance, living options and workforce development, customized for each participant. At the time the Sacred Place was created, the headquarters...

The Arc of Prince George’s County

1401 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774
Learn more about The Arc here

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Community Garden
Robin Bracey

Nature Sacred partnered with The Arc to complete three phases in creating a Sensory Garden. The garden creates a place of sanctuary for Arc staff and a place of opportunity to experience the healing power of nature for more than 75 individuals who have developmental disabilities. It is the first space that Nature Sacred helped...

The League for People with Disabilities

1111 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21239

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Community Garden
David A. Greenberg

The League is a pivotal and pioneering agency founded in 1927 with a commitment to offering individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence through a comprehensive continuum of services. A relaxing rain curtain, wide, gently-graded wheelchair accessible paths and entrances, raised beds and containers, sensory-stimulating areas selected for fragrance, texture and color, and adaptive...

The Marble Fountain Garden at Patterson Park

27 S. Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231

https://pattersonpark.com/park-landmarks

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Jennifer Robinson

Patterson Park is known to its urban neighborhoods as “the best back yard in Baltimore.” Surrounded on all sides by densely populated urban neighborhoods, this 137-acre park has been valued and loved by the southeast Baltimore community for generations. Nature Sacred played a major part in the restoration of the 1864 Marble Fountain located at...

Timeless Season in the Sun at the Piedmont Health Care Center, in partnership with CFNEA

30 Roundtree Drive

Piedmont, AL 36272

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Hospital Site
Sandra Keener

A dentist by profession, but a Firesoul at heart, Benjamin Ingram checked off a box on the “bucket list of his heart” through the creation of the “Endless Seasons Around the Sun” park at the Piedmont Health Care Center in Piedmont, Alabama. The center’s mission of providing long-term care to the elderly is mirrored through...

Unity Center for Behavioral Health Garden

1225 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232

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Hospital garden
Teresia Hazen

Each year in Oregon, an estimated 1 in 20 adults experience a serious mental illness and 31,000 adolescents suffer a major depressive episode that often leads to other social issues. Suicide, almost always the result of untreated or undertreated mental illness, occurs at rates in Oregon that are among the highest in the country. Among...

UPenn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Stoner Courtyard

3260 South Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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School Site
Rosemary Perez

Stoner Courtyard – In 1998, The Stoner Courtyard was part of the “Campaign for the East Wing”, the renovation plans for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Before renovation, the courtyard was claimed by parked cars and transient traffic, not allowing much pedestrian traffic to enjoy the outdoor space adjacent to the museum....

Upper Eutaw and Madison Neighborhood Sculpture Park

2322 Madison Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217

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Community park
Michelle Hawks Cuellar

Young people created this unique sculpture garden to voice their thoughts and ideas in what was once a vacant city park. The space is always evolving and changing to reflect the current thoughts and feelings of the Upper Eutaw and Madison Neighborhood Sculpture Park. The park provides greenery, exercise and playtime equipment in the heart...

Village Learning Place

Village Learning Place
2521 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218

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Community Garden
Liesje Gantert

The Village Learning Place is an independent non-profit library that houses educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for Charles Village and throughout Baltimore City. Working under the principle that libraries are not only a repository for books, but also serve as community centers focused on the personal and professional growth of their patrons, the...

Weiss Lake Overview, in partnership with CFNEA

4798 Cedar Street
Cedar Bluff, AL 35959

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Community Garden
Bob Pickerel

This beautiful Sacred Place emerged from a partnership between the Cherokee County Civitan Club and the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Weiss Lake is an excellent spot for fishing and other recreational activities on the water, but it also offers many spots for reflection and tranquility. The Sacred Place is nestled into a scenic overlook of...

Western Correctional Institution

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...

Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard

1103 Smithville Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Community Garden

The ACDS is a nonprofit organization that directs redevelopment efforts in Anne Arundel County. The Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard is part of the overall Wiley H. Bates Redevelopment Project, which is restoring historic Wiley H. Bates High School, the only high school for African-American youth in Anne Arundel County from 1932 to 1965. The...