Memorial Garden Gets a Makeover Thanks to Adopt-a-Garden Program

We are so excited to see our Adopt-A-Garden program blossom this year! We have over ten adopted spaces throughout the zoo, cared for by new and veteran volunteers with varying garden experience.

One of our most notable Adopt-A-Garden spaces is the Memorial Garden. Located near the moose exhibit on your way to the Backyard Garden, the Memorial Garden is gently tucked back in a grove of honey-suckle and other bushes.

Formerly created by Tomorrow’s Child, the Memorial Garden is a space for parents who have suffered a miscarriage or loss of a child. There are numerous bricks commemorating loved ones within the garden. Unfortunately, the Tomorrow’s Child organization is no longer in existence, leaving the Memorial Garden without a caregiver—that is until this year, when the HOPING Group expressed interest in the space.

The HOPING Group is a parent-to-parent support group for bereaved parents of miscarriage and infant loss in the Greater Lansing area. “Our members are all baby loss parents, and it is a wonderful opportunity to have a space to help care for in honor of our babies gone too soon,” says Krista Fuerst, Co-President of the HOPING Group.

The HOPING Group comes in twice a month to care for the space, with all members welcome to share in the experience. “We are looking forward to pouring our love into the garden, and keeping it beautiful for people to visit,” says Krista.


To learn more about the Adopt a Garden Program please visit