The Healing Garden at EvergreenHealth Monroe
Gardens are good for the body, mind and spirit. The belief that gardens are beneficial for patients in healthcare environments is more than 1,000 years old. Research has proven the therapeutic benefits of healing gardens. Viewing nature fosters stress recovery by evoking positive feelings, reducing negative emotions and blocking or reducing stressful thoughts. Studies show surgical patients with views of nature had shorter post-operative stays, took less pain medication and experienced fewer post-operative complications.
Our Healing Garden
At EvergreenHealth Monroe, the Healing Garden is placed in the center of the hospital. If you’re walking through the main campus hall or are a patient recovering in the medical surgical unit, you can gaze on the lush green garden filled with Japanese maples, camellia, roses, hardy geraniums and astilbe. As a community hospital, it’s our mission to create the best healing environment possible, and the healing garden provides an environment that enhances the patient experience and promotes healing and comfort.
The garden was last renovated in 2005, more than 13 year ago. A new garden design is needed, with many of the current plants needing to be removed and trees needing an arborist’s care. It is our plan to work alongside the greater Sky Valley community to redevelop and rejuvenate the Healing Garden in the Spring of 2019.
Our Garden Volunteers
Through 2018 and 2019, a group of committed volunteer experts have agreed to reestablish and renovate the Healing Garden at EvergreenHealth Monroe. Some of the volunteers were even involved in the initial placement of the garden in 2005. EvergreenHealth Monroe is grateful for the time, talent, and donations from these dedicated individuals.
Although hundreds of volunteer hours and donations from nurseries will assist with the project, capital is needed to cover expenses. We are budgeting $5,000 to cover additional supplies, rentals and incidentals to complete this project. We are counting on our business community and residents to help create a comforting and healing environment for their family, friends and neighbors who may receive care at EvergreenHealth Monroe. Please consider supporting the Healing Garden today.