WACO (July 13, 2012)—Work is underway on the Baylor campus on the "Garden of Contentment" at the Armstrong Browning Library.
The garden, which should be completed this fall, will also serve as an outdoor gathering place.
Waco resident Sue Getterman along with Waldo and Minnie Lee Hill of Houston provided some of the funding for the garden.
The Shepherd Spencer Neville Brown family of Waco provided for the garden's fountain and other donors contributed funds for 12 teak benches and other furnishings including brick sidewalks, granite paths and lots of greenery.
After completing Armstrong Browning Library in 1951, Dr. A. J. Armstrong, a longtime chairman of the Baylor English department, realized "after dedicating the library in a blaze of glory, we realized we had practically not a penny left for landscaping."
Armstrong envisioned an "outstandingly lovely portion planned for the grounds, to include beautifully designed benches where people can sit and meditate and absorb the beauty of the garden."
The opening of the garden will be part of a dual centennial celebration in the fall to include commemorating the 200th anniversary of Robert Browning's birth and the 100th anniversary the arrival of Armstrong at Baylor University.
Browning was a famous poet from the 1800s recognized for penning the words to a well-known song, "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be."
Dedication of the Garden of Contentment is scheduled for Sept. 14.