Work begins on prayer garden

Celebrating the redesign of the prayer garden at First Presbyterian Church of Athens are (front row, from left) Charlie Tidmore, buildings and grounds chairman; landscape architect Dub Hirst, who designed the new garden; church board member Mark Smith; garden committee member Mary Lynn Smith and (back row, from left) garden committee members Kenn Hornbeck, Shirley Hornbeck and Carol McNatt, along with FPC pastor Woody Meredith. The redesign of the church’s prayer garden, which surrounds its columbarium, is being done in memory of Mark Smith’s late wife, Sherry Smith, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 5. The new garden will feature some existing trees, new sidewalks and flowers and a new pergola that will provide shade for visitors to the columbarium. The project is being funded primarily by private donations. For more information, or to donate, call the church office at (903) 675-3530.

An artist's rendering shows the view from under the new pergola that will be constructed in the First Presbyterian Church of Athens prayer garden.

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