August 11th, 2011, 6:42 pm · 1 Comment · posted by Bill Vogrin
My recent column about a new pocket park at Penrose Hospital downtown — and the accompanying blog – reminded me I needed to follow up on a piece I wrote about Memorial Hospital’s healing garden.
It was something I wrote for Earth Day back in April. It was accompanied by a blog, as well.
This is a diagram of the healing garden at the Memorial Hospital for Children east of downtown Colorado Springs on Boulder Street.
Essentially, members of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado chose to spend Earth Day building the healing garden as part of the Professional Landcare Networks’ third annual
National Day of Service.
Memorial wanted a place for patients, families and staff to go to get a break from the stresses of hospital life. But it didn’t have the $100,000 it needed for the project.
So the landscapers descended on Earth Day and built the garden.
I figured it would take a few months for the landscaping to mature, so I wanted to wait. I was really impressed with what I saw last week.
The healing garden is at the bottom of ramp at the base of the two shorter wings of the Memorial Hospital for Children.
The healing garden, looking northwest, at Memorial Hospital for Children
This is a view to the southeast. A play area is out of the picture to the far left.
This play area is at the east end of the healing garden.