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Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Lunch & Learn:
Dec. 4, Noon–1:00p
Restorative & Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Begins Dec. 5,
9:30a & 5:30p
Dec. 7, 9:00a–4:00p
Dec. 11, Noon–1:15p
Holiday Buffet & Film: Last Holiday
Dec. 12, Noon–1:30p
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec. 19, 6:30–8:00p
Gardens at Womanspace
Womanspace has several named gardens on its campus, and visitors are welcome to enjoy them seven days a week during daylight hours. A garden is like all of us – growing, changing, learning, surviving, thriving – embracing and celebrating life, joys, and sorrows. Volunteers lovingly tend Womanspace gardens, and the gardening group welcomes assistance when anyone is so moved!
The Lilly Fernandez Memorial Meditation Garden, located behind both the center and New Dimensions studio, is a large area, with several planted “berms.” The Lilly Garden is a memorial to Lilly Fernandez, a woman significant in the life of Sunil Puri and his brothers in Bombay, India. Dedicated in 1998 as a gift from Sunil Puri, this large garden with walking paths (in the contour of a dancing woman), features many types of flowers and shrubs. By way of example, one berm is a “cottage garden” with flowers for cutting; one is a sculpture garden featuring sun-loving plants and, among others, a 3-dimensional sculpture of the Womanspace Web (our logo). One berm is a prairie garden, featuring many plants native to this part of Illinois (and which serves as a “nursery” for plants destined for our prairie restoration project at the far edge of our campus.
Across from the entrance to New Dimensions Studio and Gallery is the Peace Garden surrounded by a circular driveway. This garden features two stone benches in a sitting area and the Peace Pole, dedicated in 2000 as a gift from the Board of Directors on the 25th anniversary of Womanspace honoring founders Dorothy Bock and Elaine Hirschenberger. The circular nature of the Peace Garden makes it a wonderful site for various rituals and celebrations at Womanspace. Near the Peace Garden there is also a large clearing in the pine forest where celebrations are also held occasionally.
At the entrance to New Dimensions is a Restful Garden, featuring two beautiful teak benches (dedicated in 1993) and a lovely area newly landscaped in 2007 as memorials to Cindy Sievers Post and her father, Stan Sievers, lovingly provided by Shirley G Sievers and her family.
The newest garden at Womanspace is the “Celebration Garden” at the front entrance to the main building. This garden features a large stone bench in honor of Barbara Sjostrom, and a beautiful fountain as a central feature.
The Celebration Garden provides a shady spot for resting or conversation, and, besides year-round plantings, features a patio with paver bricks engraved to celebrate life’s passages with inspiring messages, thoughts of friends or family, tributes to lost loved ones, folk wisdom, philosophies, milestones, etc. Purchasing a paver brick allows individuals to make a personal statement that becomes part of the living history of Womanspace.