Our St. Francis Garden is currently under construction in the St. Clement’s courtyard. It will be a visual demonstration of the love the members of this Parish have for our pets. A custom-made, smooth cedar pergola, with galvanized roof to match that of the church, will offer benches and a quiet space for prayer and contemplation.
Inside the pergola, benches with ends covered in mosaic tiles will flank an elegant 40″ statue of St. Francis standing in the center of the pergola.
The pergola will overlook a Pet Memorial Terrace. Here, parishioners, their families and friends, can remember and honor their beloved pets with memorial bricks.
If you would like to remember your pets with one or more bricks on the Pet Terrace, click here to request more information.
We anticipate that the garden structures will be completed by November. Then Father Andrew Heyes will celebrate a memorial service for all remembered pets.
Watch this space for timing updates and photos of progress.
The Garden Build
To prepare the St. Francis Garden site, many (many, many) plants had to be removed.
Then the ground was cleared & leveled.
Dave, John & John planned and scheduled the concrete pour …
… and framed the pergola floor and walkway extending into the center of the Pet Terrace …
… and then the rains came. The concrete pour was scheduled for the day before Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area.
Three weeks after Irma, we still have not been able to get the concrete. But when we do … Dave is ready!
All the pieces for the pergola are cut and ready for the build.
Despite the obstacles, progress continues. It’s amazing how beautiful a concrete bench support can become in the hands of a skilled mosaicist! And it isn’t even finished yet. Mosaics will adorn the ends of both benches in the pergola.
Visit this page often for updates. And you are always welcome to come by and visit the St. Francis Garden.
Nestled under grandfather oaks in a quiet corner of the Forest Hills neighborhood of Tampa, St. Clement’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, caring, and family-friendly community with an active Parish life.
Come see us at 706 West 113th Avenue, Tampa.