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Statuary, Garden Fountains, Monuments, and other pieces for your angel’s memory garden should be properly placed within your landscapes to add beauty and serenity. There is a correct way to install your angel babies’ statuary to avoid a cluttered and detached garden. I hate to be a stickler, but you really don’t want your child’s statue leaning to one side or placed in the garden without being complimented by beautiful plants.

Without getting too technical, garden statues, monuments and art pieces should adhere to some principals and elements of good design. Most pieces are focal points or accents within the gardens. In other words, your eye is drawn to the most unique element of a garden first. This is called the focal point. An accent piece is the secondary visual to compliment the focal statuary or fountain. In a relatively small area there should be only one focal point and possibly 2 or 3 accents. The cross in Tanner’s garden is our focal point and other smaller statues are the accents.

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For a better understanding, think about focal points within residential homes. Fireplaces, tabletop centerpieces or a painting on a wall could be focal points. These focal points do not stand alone, or shouldn’t and are usually complimented with accessories. The accessories used in the landscape and gardens are plants. The objective is to soften the art pieces, fountains and statuary by using plants to create a beautiful unity to the earth. This will give your garden a more natural scenario. Creeping Jenny is a plant used here to create a bed of soft green leaves for the angel baby statue to lie upon.

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Plants are also used to draw your eye into the piece called an allee. Many people create an allee to highlight their homes by lining the drive with many trees of the same variety. An allee of lavender brings your eye to the angel statue at the end of the walk.

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It won’t matter if you paid $1000 for your babies’ water feature, memorial statue, or monument if it is installed incorrectly by standing crooked. A good solid base is needed for your babies’ art piece. We in Greensboro, NC are prone to drought-like conditions where the ground dries up and shrinks the soil structure. This will cause garden art to sink and become cockeyed. Think about a concrete slab, compacted stone gravel or another hard material that will not give way to the weight of your child’s focal point.

Remember these suggestions for your babies’ garden statue:

  • Provide a strong base
  • Use plants to visually connect your piece to the earth
  • Use plants to soften your monument at the base or cascading down its sides
  • Use plants to draw your eye by creating an allee
  • Provide year-round color by incorporating annuals with your child’s art piece (In the Greensboro, NC area we have pansies in the winter and whatever our hearts desire for summer annuals)

There are more suggestions on remembering your baby that has passed from miscarriage, SIDS, stillbirth and other tragic pregnancy and infant losses at “The Season your Baby Died and Became and Angel“, “Zodiac Signs and Gemstones for Miscarriage and Pregnancy Losses“, and “Planting Helleborus in Gardens Remembering Babies“.

Pregnancy Loss Memory Gardens Blooming White” provides many plant varieties to use in a babies’ garden. There is nothing purer than a sweet little baby.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above http://www.justacloudaway.com/

Diana

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t-garden.jpgThe days following the death of a child, baby or pregnancy are filled with sadness, shock and anger. There are so many overwhelming decisions to make that have never been considered. How will your sweet angel be memorialized? Will we cremate her or have her buried? This decision can be lightened with the support of family and friends by your side.

When our son was stillborn, we asked a friend that was excellent at woodworking to construct a cross for Tanner, http://justacloudaway.com/nav-sidebar-ideas/garden.html. This beautiful, handmade cedar cross is where his ashes are placed within his memory garden.

If you are planning to designate a place for your child’s memory garden on your own property, you may want to select a beautiful monument or stone as a tribute.

memorial-rock.jpgMemorial stones and boulders can be found at www.valleymonuments.com. If you have a more rustic and woodland garden, these stones will add to the beauty of your surroundings for you and your angel.

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Garden stepping stones can be found at http://www.theremembrancecenter.com/sunshop/index.php/action/category/id/5/ These stones can be incorporated into the garden with other stone pavers and planted with a small creeping plant, softening its edges. There are different sayings on the stones that are truly touching.

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Infant and Pregnancy Loss Stone Memorials can be found at www.collinsmonument.com. They will also customize granite, marble or bronze stones for you, creating a special tribute for your angel.

Memory garden tutorials are found here http://justacloudaway.com/kits/index.html. More memory garden ideas are located under the catagory “Comforting Memory Gardens” on the Just a Cloud Away “Love Talk” blog.

We can’t do anything to bring them back, but we can do everything to keep their memories alive.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above  www.justacloudaway.com

Diana

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