Grounds & Gardens

Epiphany invites you to take a walk through our campus and find beauty and serenity as well as a bit of its history.

Begin your walk at the entrance to the church, which was built in 1951. Note landscaping in the Sharing Garden facing the street, lush with white hydrangeas, rhododendrons, two giant camellias, and a dogwood tree. The chapel, built in 1911, was designated a Seattle landmark in 1978. It was designed by local architect Ellsworth Storey, a member of the parish. Hydrangeas and clumps of hostas adorn the entrance to the English Tudor-style structure with its graceful gothic arches. The Celtic cross rises above.

SundialWalk down the steps, noting the two cherry trees shading the bench in memory of Lucia and Frank Wood, Jr. Pause and look over the expanse of lawn surrounded by the brick enclosure and bordered with roses and lavender. This is the Memorial Garden. In the center is a circular bed of heather and lilies and boxwood planted into four crosses. Continue down the walkway to the Columbarium, which was built in 1997 for the interment of cremated remains. Viburnum graces each side, and a bench offers a place to sit for meditation.

Christie House faces a large green space, the Celebration Garden, with arching katsura trees providing shade, and Japanese anemones, fuchsia magellanica, sedum, and hydrangeas creating a border. The building was once the home of the Rev. Elmer Christie, who lived there with his family from 1939 until 1968. It was dedicated in 1983 as the parish office and library.

The Parish Hall was built in 1941, and as the words above the door state, it is “not for us alone.” If you take the path to the right you might peek over the iron gate for a view of the charming preschool playground.

St. FrancisThe St. Francis Close is a campus jewel located to the south of the Parish Hall. It was designed in 1959 by Roberta Wightman, one of the few women landscape architects in the area. There is a Celtic cross in the floor design, and the statue of St. Francis of Assisi is by local sculptor Jean Johanson. Colorful annuals, boxwood, azalea, camellias, rhododendrons, and fragrant sarcococca surround the quiet space. A water fountain lends a peaceful touch, and benches are arranged to encourage meditation or prayer. The close was improved and updated in 2011.