Lauren’s Garden in Market Square Park of Houston

Updated on February 25, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source

In Memoriam

Lauren’s Garden is a part of the historic Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The address is 301 Milam St., Houston, Texas 77002.

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas was just one of the many people killed on that infamous day of September 11, 2001, when America was under siege by a handful of terrorists.

Lauren loved the outdoors and nature. It seems very fitting that beautiful flowers and blooming shrubs surround this lovely memorial fountain.

Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source
Lauren’s Garden rose bushes
Lauren’s Garden rose bushes | Source

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

It was by pure chance that she was on United Flight 93 when terrorists took over that airplane. Lauren was initially scheduled to be on another flight but got to the airport early. She had just attended her grandmother's funeral and was returning home.

Lauren was excited to work on a new project, that of writing a book. She had many years of sales and marketing experience and was turning her energy in a new direction.

This intelligent woman was married and twelve weeks pregnant. It would have been she and her husband's first child. She was thirty-eight years old when her life and that of her baby ended.

Lauren’s Garden Sculpture
Lauren’s Garden Sculpture | Source

United Flight 93

The brave 40 passengers on that flight fought with the terrorists and prevented that airplane from crashing into an intended target. Instead, the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. That site is now a memorial to the brave passengers aboard that United Airlines flight that day. Many of them were calling on their cell phones and advising of the “problems” on board.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
Lauren’s Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93
Lauren’s Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93 | Source

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation

A foundation was set up in Lauren’s name, and part of the funds for the foundation comes from a book that she was writing. Her sisters posthumously published it.

The title of the book is You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls. It is a book of encouragement and goal setting, much like earning badges in the Girl Scouts after completion of what is necessary to attain those badges.

This meaningful fountain and surrounding landscaped grounds are a gift to the City of Houston from the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation.

Each of the components bears a special meaning.

  • Three granite walls of the fountain represent the crash sites in New York, Washington, D.C., and that field in Pennsylvania.
  • The 40 large stones in the fountain represent those who lost their lives on United Flight 93.
  • All of the 2,753 smaller pebbles lining the front of the fountain represent the deceased people from the collapse of the World Trade Center.
  • The 184 slightly larger pebbles represent those who died at the Pentagon.

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View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park

Sculptures

There are a couple of twisted bronze sculptures. Those sculptures are modeled after the long-lived bristlecone pine tree.

Even though we lost many lives on that horrific day, those sculptures represent endurance and resilience in the face of adversity.

“It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.”

— Bram Stoker
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View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park
View of Lauren's Garden in Houston's Market Square Park | Source

Fitting Tribute

This tribute garden is a special place within this Houston city park. It is a place for reflection as well as remembrance.

On a plaque adjacent to the fountain, the last sentence reads as follows:

“Flowing water, stone, trees, and flowers commemorate Lauren’s love of the outdoors, celebrating nature and the preciousness of life.”

Side view of Lauren's Garden
Side view of Lauren's Garden | Source

Have you visited any sites that memorialize the people who died after the 9/11 terrorist attack?

See results

Sources

https://www.nps.gov/flni/learn/historyculture/lauren-catuzzi-grandcolas.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

https://marketsquarepark.com/

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        This garden is beautiful and tranquil. It stands in sharp contrast to that day of tragedy when Lauren and so many others lost their lives.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        What a wonderful memorial for Lauren and the other people that died on that horrible day. This is a very moving article, Peggy.

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi C E Clark,

        Much has happened since 9/11, and yet it is something that most of us will never forget. Whether it is 19 years, or 90, it will always be a tragic marker in history. At least this lovely garden celebrates one of the people directly involved and honors her.

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        C E Clark 

        4 weeks ago from North Texas

        What a beautiful tribute! Not just to Laura, but to all those people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Hard to believe it's been nearly 19 years since that tragic day.

        As always, an excellent article. Posting this to FB & AH.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Lorna,

        Lauren's Garden is a peaceful and reflective part of Market Square Park. 9/11 did change the world forever. I appreciate your comment.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        5 weeks ago

        Such brave people and this is a wonderful tribute to Lauren whose story is so touching. I remember this flight and the horrors of 9/11 which changed the world forever. The photos of the garden are beautiful and I am sure it is a very peaceful place to visit. Thank you for sharing Peggy.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nancy,

        I am pleased to know that you enjoyed this.

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        Nancy Hinchliff 

        5 weeks ago

        Very nice, Peggy. I always enjoy your articles.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nyesha,

        I am pleased to be able to show you and other readers this beautiful memorial dedicated to Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        I'll never forget that day. My mother was not feeling well, so I had spent the night at her home. We were watching the Today Show on television when they cut in with breaking news. Of course, the day went downhill from that point on. At first, they thought that it was an accident. By the time another airplane hit the towers, everyone pretty well knew that it was no accident.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        Peggy,

        Thank you for sharing this background information about Lauren and photos of the beautiful memorial garden with fountain in her honor.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a sad story aboutt Lauren. I remember that flight quite well. The garden is lovely and looks like a nice place to visit.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rachelle,

        Lauren's Garden is just a small part of Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The entire park is a beauty that I am sure you will enjoy visiting.

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        Rachelle Williams 

        5 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

        I never knew about Lauren Catuzzi or Lauren’s Garden until this article. If I ever get to Houston, and I probably will within the coming months, I will make an effort to visit this garden, because it appears to be stunningly beautiful.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        I am pleased that you are enjoying these articles. You will be learning much more about our Houston metro area in the days to come. Many of these were on another website. After making sure that they were not copied, I am gradually moving them over here.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        You are correct. 9/11 is a tragedy that touched so many people's lives. It is fitting that Lauren, who grew up in Houston, is honored in this manner.

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        What a fitting and moving tribute in the wake of such tragedy. Thank you for highlighting this garden and the meaning behind it in such a well-structured and well-illustrated article.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        You are putting the rest of us HP writers to shame, Peggy! Once a day you post a quality, interesting article. Very impressive!

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