Children’s Garden

South of Section 42
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Mary Smith’s baby lived only five days. Whenever she attempted to locate the child’s burial place, Smith was constantly rebuffed by a heartless government bureaucracy. After 30 years of searching, she finally discovered that her child had been placed in an unmarked grave in a remote section of Mount Pleasant Cemetery reserved for stillborn and children without known parents. Having discovered the site, Smith was determined to dedicate this area of the cemetery to the memory of all children interred here. The Children’s Garden, which was dedicated in 1992, features numerous native plants, a trio of granite boulders from Northern Ontario and a small, but touchingly appropriate sculpture created by Dundas, Ontario artist Juliet Jansco.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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