Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


David Bloom Memorial Garden

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Institution Name: Pitzer College
Original/Historic Place Name: David Bloom Memorial Garden
Location on Campus: NW part of campus
Date(s) of Construction:
2003original construction in May Clements, Joe
Designer: Joe Clements
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
2003-present (2006)memorial site
2003-present (2006)outdoor space

With the dedication of this garden in April 2003, Pitzer College created a place of natural beauty where family and friends may memorialize alumni, students, faculty, staff, and special friends. The momentum to create such a space arose from the loss of a member of the class of 1985, David Bloom, who died while on assignment for NBC for the war in Iraq. The public nature of his life and death caused the college to act on an idea that had been considered for some time: the creation of a permanent way to acknowledge the passing of those who had been near and dear to the college.

Thus the idea for a reflective place to heal and find renewal in natural surroundings evolved. The site of the Arboretum's sage garden was chosen, with its many varieties of sage. Tradition has it that sage's abilities to heal and to save has the power to improve memory, bestow wisdom, strengthen the nervous system, and promote long life.


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