Fresno Memorial Gardens

175 South Cornelia Ave, Fresno, CA 93706 | 559-268-7823 | MAP

 
 
 
History of Fresno Memorial Gardens
Fresno Memorial Gardens was established in 1959 by the Harnish family, long-time residents of the San Joaquin Valley. In order for a plot of land to be deemed or established as a cemetery, a minimum of eight persons must rest within it. To achieve this, the Harnishes relocated eight members of their family from various cemeteries throughout the Valley. They now rest in the Garden of the Good Shepherd, which is watched over by the figure of Christ. Artisans of Carrara, Italy, sculptured the figure in marble especially for Fresno Memorial Gardens.

Another of our gardens is The Garden of the Last Supper and is distinguished by a bas-relief sculpture in white Carrara marble, set in a 40-foot colonnade made of travertine marble imported from Italy. This inspiring, three-dimensional sculpture depicts a prominent moment in the life of Christ and His Apostles and gives the viewer a sense of spiritual involvement. Sculpted in Italy expressly for Fresno Memorial Gardens, The Last Supper was placed on display 1967. The carving is 14 feet long by 16 ½ feet high and weighs 3 ½ tons. The biblical reference is inscribed on the reverse side of the panel.

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