14. Veterans' Garden

Committee: Environment, Health & Safety

Cost: $250,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process

Short Description: Veterans of war often return home with severe but unseen injuries. 8,000 veterans, each year, take their own lives. A garden design to heal the wounds of war for vets and their families is the purpose of this project. Help make it possible.


Long Description: A veterans’ garden is intended to provide an opportunity for veterans and their families to strengthen social and family bonds after separation and the ravages of war. Census data show there are about 4,082 Cambridge veterans and family members who could benefit from this project with potential to access to horticultural therapy.

Gardening and the natural environment nurtures a healing process by providing opportunities to learn, socialize, or meditate. Walkways would be wheelchair accessible and raised beds would ensure that all visitors have access. Features could include varied sensory paths or walkways, raised beds, a greenhouse, a picnic table, outdoor chimes or bamboo instruments, a meditation area, outdoor recreation facility, a dog watering station, a bird bath, integrated landscaping, and water dispensing area.


The exact location of the veterans’ garden will be determined through a community process. One potential location is Rogers Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Kendall Square.

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  • Steve P.
    commented 2023-03-16 11:03:54 -0400
    Having a peaceful garden with magnificent landscape design like this sounds like an amazing way for veterans to enjoy nature with in the city and clear their heads. I love this idea so much I might speak with my local landscaping company https://www.larixlandscape.com/ to see if they’ll design a veterans’ garden in Victoria, BC. I’m sure such a feature would be easy to draw in donations for. Thanks so much for the inspiration, City of Cambridge. Truly one of the best cities in the world!
  • Shc Staff
    commented 2015-12-04 15:26:57 -0500
    As a Vietnam Veteran and someone who works with the homeless, I can attest to the efficacy of working in a garden to heal our soul and I urge all Cantabridgians to support this project. Especially in this hectic world, with all the chaos we have to work through on a daily basis, a safe and supportive place that gets our hands dirty and shows tangible results will help bring peace and stability to those suffering from the effects of war.
  • dianne kinsey
    commented 2015-12-02 11:55:24 -0500
    Our veterans and their families deserve a community of support for healing. This proposal of a garden with its natural healing energy is terrific!
    Dianne Kinsey
  • Terrence Rothman
    commented 2015-12-02 11:54:40 -0500
    Gardens have always been places to help us recover from stress and strains of life! Help create one for veterans in Cambridge!
  • Jon Johnson
    commented 2015-12-02 11:30:47 -0500
    This is a great idea!
  • Terrence Rothman
    commented 2015-11-24 02:02:50 -0500
    Sounds like a great project to help veterans recover from the wounds of war.
  • Terrence Rothman
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-24 01:30:19 -0500
    14. Veterans' Garden