Volunteers needed for Tribute Garden Plant-a-thon

Date(s) - Saturday, Sep 29, 2018
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Isle View Park


The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is looking for volunteers for the Plant-a-thon from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Tribute Garden in Isle View Park, 796 E Niagara St., Tonawanda.

The participants will be weeding and planting new plants.

No registration is necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided.

For more information, contact Karen King at karen.king@erie.gov.

Located in Erie County’s Isle View Park overlooking the Niagara River in Tonawanda, NY, the Tribute Garden is believed to be the first permanent Garden of its kind located on public land in the United States. Both the site itself and $50,000 in funding for completion of Phases I and II of the project were donated by Erie County. In 2015, the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee awarded the project nearly $200,000, which enabled the garden’s completion in time for the annual bike-a-thon and walk. A dedicated Tribute Garden committee, working in conjunction with the Commission on the Status of Women Executive Director, worked tirelessly for more than two years to bring the Garden to fruition. The Garden was designed by landscape architect Joy Kuebler. An intricate metal-forged trellis designed by sculptor Sarah Fonzi of the Foundry adds a visual focal point to the peaceful setting and represents a passage for healing.

The Tribute Garden that honors lives affected by domestic violence. It serves not only as a place for quiet reflection for individuals and families, but also as an inspirational space for service providers to hold events.

As a public memorial, easily accessible by hundreds of thousands throughout the Western New York area, the Garden encourages all to have hope, to speak out and to seek help. Stones naming supporters, survivors and those lost to violence continue to be added until the day that domestic violence is eradicated.