Titanic Memorial Garden opened in Belfast, Ireland on April 15, 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
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The garden has been designed on two levels with the upper level having a nine-meter-long plinth that has been inscribed with the names of all who died on the RMS Titanic. The lower level is a grassed terrace, surrounding the monument.
There are fifteen bronze plaques listing the names of the 1,512 people who perished. It was interesting to discover that at first there were existing lists of the First Class, Second Class, and Steerage but didn’t include all of the members of the crew, the Guarantee Group, the postal workers and the musicians. Finally, all of the names have been recorded and “The Belfast List” is now the main feature of this memorial garden.
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Here visitors can see plants specially chosen for this garden that would have grown in the springtime around the period when the tragic Titanic disaster occurred. The main color theme is white, silver, blue and green. These were the chosen colors because they reflect the colors of the water and the ice. Hopefully, they give moments of contemplative peace to all who visit.
On either side of the memorial plinth, two multi-stem Himalayan birches have been planted. They have stark-white barks and have matured into elegant and graceful trees. Among the plants are the lovely tulip magnolia and a selection of white shrub roses.
In remembrance of those lost on the Titanic, there are blue Forget-me-nots, rosemary which symbolizes remembrance, the lovely magnolia which blossoms in white star-shaped flowers between March and April and the birches, symbolizing renewal.