The WACF Board of Directors have long considered the establishment of a location on WACF property for the scattering of cremated remains. The project was approved by the board of directors in 2017 and began with a site selection and the creation of a landscape plan by executive director Heather Harwood. The Memory Garden is intended to be a final resting place for persons for whom Lake Wawasee and its watershed held a special and often lifelong attraction.
The Memory Garden is located on the WACF Levinson/LaBrosse Education Center (one mile south of Syracuse on SR 13) property along WACF Trail #1 overlooking the Conklin Bay wetlands. It is planted in native flowers and grasses and features an iron sculpture of a sandhill crane taking flight from above an iron wreath of Indiana tree leaves. The sculpture was designed by Robert Fanning, constructed by Richard Lemberg and donated by Nancy and Robert Fanning. David Brandes spearheaded the project and it was partially funded from a bequest from the Linda Tillman estate. Construction and installation was done by WACF volunteers.
The ashes of loved ones may be scattered in the garden at any time and may be accomplished in any way by which the family and participants feel comfortable. Loved ones placed within the Memory Garden may be identified on a plaque located within the garden. The plaque will be provided by WACF upon receipt of a WACF “Memory Garden” Registration Form and a voluntary donation. The Registration Form will be available on the Education Center porch or upon request to WACF. Please feel free to visit the Memory Garden with your family and friends both before and after a loved one has been placed in the garden.