Posted on November 18, 2016

Therapeutic Healing Gardens a powerful union of nature, science

Therapeutic garden spaces will nurture an atmosphere of maximum healing in body, mind and spirit on Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Grand Rapids campus.

therapeutic-gardens-mary-free-bed-descriptionsThe Mary Free Bed Foundation’s Therapeutic Healing Gardens project includes six separate gardens around campus that will greet visitors and provide healing spaces for patients.

“A garden is more than just pretty landscaping,” said Darrow Goodspeed, the foundation’s Major Gifts and Donor Relations Director. “A therapeutic healing garden brings the power of nature and the wisdom of science together in a powerful restorative combination. Each element is chosen to positively impact the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients, family and friends.”

The outdoor spaces that encompass the project will be either newly created or vastly improved with plants, paths and tranquil spaces.

Two gardens, the Front Entry Circle Garden and the Courtyard Garden, are complete. Groundbreaking for the Pediatric Therapy Playground is expected to happen in March.

“The gardens provide a place for patients and families alike to reconnect with the healing power of the natural world,” Goodspeed said. “It’s a reminder that life awaits, and renewal can happen.”

The cost of completion for the entire project is estimated to be $1.1 million. Donations can be made by contacting Goodspeed at Plaque recognition will be available for gifts of $25,000 or more.

“Mary Free Bed is a place of healing and hope, “Goodspeed said. “We are so grateful for the support of our donors and hope they will continue to invest in our mission by considering sponsorship of part or all of one of these Therapeutic Healing Gardens.”courtyard-therapy-gardentherapy-garden-one