|Above, the marble monument that once stood at the Presley |
Family plot at Forest Hill Cemetery. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
The Meditation Garden at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate is where he, his parents and grandmother are buried. The Graceland tour concludes at the Mediation Garden.
According to the Elvis Australia website:
The Meditation Garden, just south of the swimming pool area, was constructed 1964-1965. It was built by Elvis as a place for contemplation. It includes a circular pool containing circular fountain jets, and a semi-circular pergola of Ionic columns on the south side of the pool with fountains. A stepped brick wall with four arched openings containing stained-glass panels curves to follow the pergola and encloses the Meditation Garden's south end. Presley planned this garden as a private retreat.
After Elvis' death on August 16, 1977, security issues at Forest Hill Cemetery, his original burial site, led to his reburial on October 2, 1977 on the south side of the pool with fountains. An eternal flame encased in a hexagonal glass container sits at the head of Elvis' grave. Elvis' mother Gladys was also reburied in the Meditation Garden, and the large marble monument from the Presley family plot at Forest Hill was relocated as well. Elvis' father Vernon was buried here in 1979, and his grandmother Minnie May Presley followed in 1980. The Meditation Garden also features a marker in memory of Elvis' still-born twin brother, Jesse Garon.Below are photos of the Meditation Garden gravesite:
|Above, the Meditation Garden fountain and pergola. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, Elvis's mother Gladys. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, Elvis's father Vernon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, Elvis's grave. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, Elvis's grandmother Minnie. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, the memorial marker for Elvis's stillborn brother Jessie. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, a view of all of the Presley graves. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, the Mediation Garden from the pool. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|