What is a scattering garden?

A scattering garden is a plot of land set aside for scattering the cremated remains of humans or pets. The scattering garden is usually owned by a cemetery or crematory. Along with the scattering garden, the facility may offer memorial options, for example, a memorial plaque, wall, or piece of art on which the names are inscribed, or a living memorial such as a tree with a plaque. Some scattering gardens maintain a “Book of Remembrance,” for their patrons. The Book of Remembrance is a type of elaborately decorated register containing the names of the people whose ashes have been scattered in the garden.