The garden committee, called St. Peter's Gardeners, has two main areas of endeavor in Saint Peter's Square, that being the terrace next to the Parish Hall, and the churchyard around the Church and Labyrinth. The vision for the Churchyard is to have a long term, sustainable planning and management master plan that can be used by succeeding generations to guide consistent, sensible and appropriate tree, shrub and perennial choices. Opportunities for memorial gifts and dedications (plantings or furniture) are available, and fit into the overall plan.
The enthusiastic members of St. Peter's Gardeners are always looking for new members. We aim to support the garden and grounds as much as possible with our labor and a very successful annual plant sale on the Sunday after Mother's Day, each Spring. The benefits of a green churchyard are many. What was once a hot, dry space has become a shadier and greener place of respite, encouraging more wildlife. Shrubs are being planted which shelter and feed birds and insects, moving towards a more integrated and self-sustaining churchyard ecosystem. The use of adapted local flora helps minimize the upkeep necessary.
It is our hope that a thoughtful, long-term approach to the Churchyard will benefit the congregation as well as our many visitors alike for generations to come. We are trying to give horticultural presence to the spiritual promise: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden and I will refresh you."