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Memorial Garden to be dedicated Sunday

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

Secluded behind the Old Jail Museum in downtown Truckee is a delightful little garden, perfect for afternoon picnics.

The finishing touches are being put on the new Community Memorial Garden, the pet project of Jim Smith, a long-time resident of Truckee and a member of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society.

On Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m., the Tahoe Truckee Civil Air Patrol will help dedicate the new memorial. The service will include drinks and a few speeches that will explain the garden’s significance.

“It started with the passing of a very dear friend of mine, Thelma Finger Meiss,” said Smith. “She was a charter member of the historical society and had a real love for the museum and gardening.”

After her death, the society decided to create a garden to provide a memorial for all Truckee residents and honor Meiss as well.

A plaque, featured in the middle of the garden, sums up the garden’s goal and reads, “Honoring all people who called Truckee their home, early day pioneers, servicemen and women, and citizens who have aided the community in its development.”

The garden boasts over 500 varieties of proven hardy plants that can survive Truckee’s harsh winter climate.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the community and I’m very grateful … especially to the staff of the Villager Nursery, who helped with the selection of plants,” said Smith.

Roses, tulips, daffodils, irises and lilacs are just a few of the blossoming plants that surround the small memorial.

“Thelma loved lilacs, that was one of her favorites,” said Smith.

The garden also features plaques in memory of several other Truckee residents.

Plaques commemorating loved ones can be purchased for a $100 donation to the Truckee-Donner Historical Society.

“Since this is a community memorial garden, anyone can make a donation or have a plaque added in memory of a loved one who contributed significantly to the town’s development,” said Smith.

For more information about the garden, the dedication or to purchase a plaque contact the Truckee-Donner Historical Society at (530) 582-0893.


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