Memories Garden

bricks in the memories garden during the summerLocated near the Veterinary Medical Center, the Memories Garden serves as a physical memorial to celebrate the bond we share with companion animals. The Garden provides families with a peaceful outdoor space for contemplation or to spend quiet time with their pets while visiting the VMC.  

Donors who choose to honor their pets with a permanent brick in the garden can empathize in the great loss of a companion animal, and come together to create a support network for others. Each summer, pet families and care team members gather in the garden for a memorial service to remember these animals and to gently welcome those with recent losses. 

The generosity of Memories Garden donors supports the garden and the Veterinary Social Services program in the VMC, which helps owners navigating pet health & behavior crises and supports families through loss and grief of their beloved animals.

Request a brick

With a gift of $250 or $500 (depending on brick size), your pet's brick will be installed in the garden, and you will receive a memorial certificate and photo to keep at home with you. The garden is always open to visitors, and we welcome you to contact our team so that we can be of assistance in finding your brick or answering any questions you might have.

To hold space in the garden for your special pet, please fill out the form below. This is the first step to initiate the brick order process, and a member of the VMC development team will contact you with next steps.

Memories Garden brick request form

"The VMC Memories Garden truly preserves our remembrance of our cherished companions. In this peaceful setting the engraved bricks provide a permanent place for reflection and contemplation. They link the past to the present and remind us of the beautiful memories we are so fortunate to keep in our hearts."

-Bill and Jackie

Memory Garden preview

Questions? Please contact:

Lauren Craft
Development Officer
Phone: 612-626-6501
E-mail: lcraft@umn.edu