The Shaheen Memorial Garden
The Shaheen Memorial Garden will be established adjacent to the mid-century house at 1641 Genesee Street which formerly served as the offices of Dr. Albert Shaheen. The house with three acres of land on the northeast corner of Pleasant (Memorial Parkway) and Genesee streets was recently gifted by the Shaheen family to the Central New York Conservancy.
A main circular garden will be bordered by stone dust paths and surrounded by five smaller gardens representing Dr. Shaheen's children. All of the gardens will contain colorful, seasonal annuals and perennials, some donated by Dr. Shaheen's former co-workers, patients, friends, and family members. The centerpiece of the garden will be the three-dimensional sculpture, Cradle for the Moon, designed by Rome, NY artist Nell Harrison Russell. The sculpture was originally commissioned by Dr. Shaheen in 1970 and has graced the property ever since, until recently when it was removed temporarily for refurbishing.