Stars twinkle at night around the crescent moon in the “Universe Garden" flanking the North Avenue steps at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Westfield. White moon flowers, which only bloom at night, mimic stars in a “night sky” made of black sweet potato vines. Every night new flowers will create unique “constellations” until the first frost.
“Universe Garden” is one of 12 Justice Gardens at FUMC, each with a social or environmental theme. The public is invited to take self-guided walking tours, stopping at each garden to delight in its peace, beauty and productivity. Taking in the complete Justice Gardens also asks us to consider how we can take better care of our wonderful world.
FUMC has a history of plantings that ask for contemplation.
A rainbow in flowers has graced this same space at Westfield’s Memorial Circle at the corner of Broad Street and North Avenue for the past three summers. Social action has also been represented in the FUMC gardening mission, as the church's vegetable garden has supplied produce to three local pantries serving food-insecure families for several years.
Information on worship services and other ministries at FUMC can be found here.