Visitors to Nazareth College will notice a new garden as they enter campus. At the heart of the Garen Peace Garden is a renovated stone fountain, accessed by naturalized stone and brick pathways and surrounded by a stone amphitheater and perennial gardens.
The Garden dates back to the early 20th century, when Nazareth’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, hired a mason to use fieldstones of various sizes, brought over from an old barn on French Road, to create a concrete-lined fountain pond in the southwest lawn of the Motherhouse, now the Golisano Academic Center.
Over the years, the fountain fell into disuse. Thanks to the efforts of Kathy Garen and Nazareth trustee Frank Clark, fountain restoration began in earnest last year, with the final dedication taking place in September.
The garden was named in honor of Garen’s parents Jim and Judy on behalf of Garen, her three sisters and their families.
The first thing visitors encounter when they enter campus, the garden’s fountain has become a centerpiece for the college. It provides a serene setting for outside classes, informal student gatherings, small concerts, and quiet moments of study or reflection.