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Michael McCarthy Memorial Garden, All Saints Episcopal, Concord


The Michael McCarthy Memorial Garden is located at All Saints Episcopal in Concord, NC in memory of Michael John McCarthy, a beloved community member and plantsman.  It was designed to create a peaceful environment while providing year-round interest, utilizing a variety of recycled resources for construction and maintenance.  The garden has now been established for over a year and is growing more beautiful by the day.

Development began in 2018 with land clearing and pathway creation.  The felled trees were processed into firewood.  The paths were covered with gravel screenings and, later, #78 gravel to prevent water erosion from rain.  Mulch was sourced from a company that recycles yard waste into useable garden products.  Discarded city curbstones were repurposed by local professionals into a stairway to the garden.

Many volunteers were instrumental in the creation of the garden including the design, sheet mulching, gravel spreading, picnic table, stepstone acquisition, watering, drip irrigation installation, and planting the shrubs and trees.  In the summer of 2019, we were blessed with funding to drill a well and professionally install an irrigation system.

Plants used in this garden:

  • Red Maple
  • Canadian Hemlock
  • Southern Magnolia ('Little Gem')
  • Fringe Tree
  • Flowering Dogwood ('Cherokee Princess')
  • American Arborvitae ('Emerald Green')
  • Weeping Redbud ('Traveller')
  • Japanese Maple ('Kiyohime Dwarf', 'Tsukasa Silhouette', 'Kuro Hime', 'Emerald Lace')
  • Tea Olive
  • Boxwood ('Wintergreen')
  • Encore® Azalea ('Autumn Coral')
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea ('Ellen Huff')
  • Dwarf Hinoke Cypress
  • Christmas Fern
  • Dwarf Mondo

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