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Seeking Serenity | Peru’s Roadside R&R

Vines strung tree to tree form an arch at the entrance. A handful of birdhouses and more than 10 wind chimes hang from branches around the garden, setting a peaceful mood. The Serenity Garden’s aim is right in the name: serenity.

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Vines strung tree to tree form an arch at the entrance. A handful of birdhouses and more than 10 wind chimes hang from branches around the garden, setting a peaceful mood. The Serenity Garden’s aim is right in the name: serenity.  

Enter a feeling of calmness, get lost in thought and easily forget the passing cars.

Visitors can take and leave food such as canned goods or hot chocolate packs in the food exchange station, posted next to a well-handcrafted wooden bench. Miniature crosses and red rosary beads adorn the bench with two bears carved into each side. The work that went into creating the garden makes it hard not to stop and appreciate every detail.

The base of the garden resembles an Ancient Greek amphitheatre, with small stone seats descending down to a handmade cross and a pure white angel statue praying along the water. Nearby, a post reaching up from the ground displays a message: “May peace prevail on Earth.”

Arctic Fire Redtwig Dogwood and Black Knight Butterfly Bush are some of the many unique plants laid out across the grounds.

A small pit of toys for kids lies near the base of the site. Well-placed stones form a path, and solar lights illuminate the garden for people who want to spend some time there at night.

With one visit, it’s easy to see that the Serenity Garden is a calming hidden piece of Clinton County.

Issue 10: Winter/Spring 2018

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