The sculptured Memorial Garden and Farrow Cloister was designed by Tye Farrow of Farrow Partnership Architects, Inc., Toronto and is intended to resemble the architecture of a church. The Narthex (entrance) is represented by the brick paved, iron arched cloister, covered with vines. The Nave (lawn) is the flat-grassed area and paved walkways. The chancel is the memorial garden, designed in the form of a “rose window” knot garden and surrounded by evergreen boxwood hedges, which remain green for all seasons.
The cloister was created by sculptor Ron Baird, who later, along with George Farrow, designed and created the memorial plaques. These plaques were commemorated in July 2013. They are red granite panels within a mirrored stainless steel framework, set within the existing arches.
The original garden layout and plantings were designed by well-known landscape designer Allan Patterson, formerly of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The memorial garden has been maintained over the years thanks to many kind donations from the Knox congregation. It is intended for their use as a site for the interment of cremated remains of family members and friends.
The names and dates of all those interred in the garden are recorded in a Book of Remembrance on display in the narthex (or lobby) of the church, and are also engraved on the memorial plaques.
A small team of dedicated Knox volunteers and garden lovers maintain the garden beds. The vines, which require more specialized care, are professionally pruned by Sean James of Fernridge Landscaping, Milton.
We trust that all those who visit the Knox Memorial Garden will enjoy this peaceful, tranquil setting… a most significant gift, not only for today but for future generations.