MANITOWOC — Silver Lake College has a renovated patio space overlooking a colorful new reflection garden.
“The outdoor space is designed to foster a greater sense of community on campus,” said Dr. Chris Domes, president of the college. “Of historical significance, the patio was once used for graduation ceremonies and will once again become a vital part of college life. The beautiful garden, adjacent to the patio, is a way of saying thank you to our supporters.”
The patio is named the Endries Family Patio for long-time supporters, Bob and Pat Endries, who made the project possible.
An extension of the Endries Family Heritage Room, the patio allows additional space for activities. Thanks to the addition of new doors, visitors walking through the main building’s front entrance also will have access to the patio, adding another dimension to the already spacious Ariens Family Welcome Center.
The floor of the patio is made of paver stones in sand and red colors. Other features include a new stairway, decorative lighting and railings with built-in bench seating. Patio construction was done by A.C.E. Building Service of Manitowoc.
The patio overlooks the Robert Lawler Jr. and Diane Vanne Lawler Reflection Garden, a circular raised-bed garden surrounding a walled area, where visitors can think, pray and reflect. A focal point of the garden is a five-foot, bronze-hued statue of St. Francis, the college’s patron saint.
The newly planted garden is dedicated to the Lawlers and many other individuals who have included the college in their estate plans in the past and future.
It features a variety of decorative shrubs and flowering plants in a layout designed by Manitowoc Landscaping of Manitowoc.