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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

An inspirational healing garden in Toronto

comments (18) September 26th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Mary Anderson

Today's photos are from Mary Anderson, who says, "I have worked for 23 years as the recreation therapist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in the Geriatric Day Hospital. During that time I have designed and built a raised wheelchair- and walker-accessible garden for the patients of the program to use. It has all been achieved through donations, volunteers, and family members who helped build the structures and hardscaping. Over the years I have added more walkways, a small water garden, and a 4-holed putting green. The hospital's chapel and synagogue mirrored my design to create an additional planter for us to use, as well as a second pergola. The patients plant seeds indoors and then transplant them to the raised gardens. We also supplement with plants donated, if required. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Geriatric Day Hospital, so the patients, volunteers, and I worked diligently to have a lovely show for this celebration. 
     The planters are constructed out of pressure treated lumber, so as not to rot. They are lined, so no chemicals leek out to the soil. The raised gardens are mainly annuals, and the lower beds are perennials which have been divided from my gardens at home and through donations. The two large round planters were left over from one of the hospital's additions, there were too many of them for the front lobby, so guess who begged for them. They are perfect for this secret garden which is enclosed on all four sides (so it has a bit of a micro-climate). The staff of this large hospital come to sit and rest in this area when they need to recharge their batteries, as do the patients of the program. Every fall we have a pesto party with the basil the patients have grown from seed. We also serve the tomatoes they have grown. The veteran population at the hospital come from across the street and use the putting green upon occasion. The putting green is made of an astro turf, which is low maintenance and easy for walkers and wheelchairs to maneuver on. The patients love working in this garden, as the majority of them are unable to access a garden now." What an amazing garden, Mary, on so many levels! Kudos to you, your volunteers, and the patients. You've all created a beautiful space and experience.

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Comments (18)

ancientgardener writes: I'm getting up there and when my day comes I hope there is someone like you around, Mary, to provide a garden and a small spot for me to weed and dead-head. You will never know what comfort and healing you have brought to the guests of your facility. The gardens are lovely. That dahlia is a knockout.
I have never grown aubutilon, but it certainly is tempting after seeing your photo. Posted: 9:55 pm on September 26th
crizmo writes: Mary, it looks like you have managed to make a garden and a community a life and a living simultaneously.

I hope you don't mind a little Kipling, from "The Glory of the Garden" ...

There’s not a pair of legs so thin, there’s not a head so thick,
There’s not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick.
But it can find some needful job that’s crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one. Posted: 2:00 pm on September 26th
marygardener writes: Thank you for all your wonderful comments. It warms my heart to think that I have given inspiration to people to adapt their existing gardens to bring them joy for years to come as they age.
The question is, yes, it is an abutilon, or flowering maple. We bring them in during the winter months and then transplant them back out into the garden. We also save our dahlia bulbs to replant next spring.
The tomatoes and the herbs are all in raised pots or tubs. We have not attempted other veggies this year, as we focused on herbs and the tomato varieties. You can just see wee peek of them looking back to the BBQ. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Posted: 12:52 pm on September 26th
GrannyMay writes: Huge thanks to you Mary for your time, effort and understanding of the needs of your patients! I, like Jeff and many many others, need to get my hands dirty or, at the very least, be close to growing things! It takes dedicated and compassionate people like you to make places like this happen. You have created a wonderful space that can only help anyone who ventures into it.

I always love the use of vegetables, fruit and herbs mixed with the purely ornamental plants. Growing edibles adds an element of anticipation of the delicious harvest that is to come, and most of them are beautiful as well. Posted: 9:52 am on September 26th
Sunbeams writes: Beautiful and inspirational. I've been thinking a lot about how I can adapt my 41-year-old garden so I can continue to do some work in it and eventually just enjoy it as I age in place. Age-appropriate hardscaping that blends into landscaping is key and your garden is an exceptional example of how to do it. Kudos to you, the volunteers, and the hospital patients. Job well done. Posted: 9:51 am on September 26th
wildthyme writes: Mary, thank you for the service you've been providing to these patients, who are so often overlooked. Is that a hardy hibiscus in the last photo (one of the flowers almost looks like an aubutilon, but I can't imagine they are hardy in Toronto?)? Posted: 9:33 am on September 26th
wittyone writes: Wow, Mary, what a wonderful job you have done with what could have been (and too often is) a very sterile environment. I know that just being around plants out in the sunshine makes a tremendous difference for people who are healthy. How much more so for someone who is not so healthy and who may have mobility issues. You've gone above and beyond in your service to the people living in this facility . I'm certain that they must appreciate all your work and effort. Posted: 9:19 am on September 26th
LFeliciGallant writes: Oh, I love this healing garden on so many levels, especially because of all of the love and passion that went into creating it. All gardens can be healing gardens, and who amoung us would not benefit from one, or two, or more in our lives? Thanks for including this as the GPOD, Michelle! It made my day. Posted: 9:00 am on September 26th
n2hostas writes: Knowing how hard it was from my mother to have to give up her garden, this truly is a ministry you're doing for your clients. It's absolutely wonderful what you have done, keep up the great job.
Posted: 8:50 am on September 26th
tractor1 writes:
I always imagined that the theraputic effects of gardening, both physical and emotional, were lengendary, why pray tell aren't such healing gardens more widespread? Kudos to Mary.

Posted: 7:52 am on September 26th
gramamarg writes: this is truly inspirational. all gardens bring beauty that is healing on all levels, but to have put so much effort in to this one that will give purpose to lives that need purpose and beauty is a life well spent. what a legacy you have given this facility. other health care facilities should take note. Posted: 7:19 am on September 26th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: very moving and beautiful as well! thanks for your inspired efforts on behalf of others! Posted: 7:12 am on September 26th
terieLR writes: Such a heart warming post today. Thank you Mary for putting others first and for all those years of executing your dreams to make their days just a bit brighter. I'm sure it takes many willing hands to keep it maintained. It's beautiful. What a fun fall day it must be when you celebrate pesto! Blessings to you all. Posted: 6:53 am on September 26th
meander1 writes: Mary, my sincerest compliments on this wonderful healing space you have helped create for those you serve. Jeff has stated so eloquently what we are all feeling in our hearts as we read your words and look at your pictures. The thought you have put in for functionality is very apparent and yet no beauty has been sacrificed. This is very inspiring. Posted: 6:38 am on September 26th
flowerladydi writes: Jeff ( tntreeman ) stated it so well,,,,,and I think we will all share those sentiments!
It is beautiful,, the garden,,,the collective efforts of all,,,and to you,,, who generated the program. I am sure it has given the ' guests ' so much joy and sense of purpose,,, not only to plant and be part of it, but to see others enjoy it and the joy that comes from ' growing things '. Thank you so much for sharing! Posted: 6:16 am on September 26th
tntreeman writes: i returned for another look before starting my day. this is my favorite feature thus far and there have been some pectacular gardens featured. this one, however, makes me happy to be human. the garden, the purpose of it and the community effort to build and develop it. we need MORE of this type of thing around the world Posted: 5:32 am on September 26th
gloriaj writes: I piggy back on what tntreeman said, the reasoning and purpose of the garden, I love it and I am sure not only the patients love it but also anyone who use the garden. The love that went into the garden is evidence in the pictures. Unless I missed it I didn't see the vegetables you mentioned. Love the grill nearby waiting to grill those vegetables.

Posted: 5:22 am on September 26th
tntreeman writes: what a great story to wake up to. i think this is absolutely wonderful and i love it all,,, the background, the garden itself and it's purpose and use. you have given the patients much more than you could ever imagine , Mary, and i am in awe of your abilities, service and compassion. i can't imagine not being able to get my hands dirty and with this garden you have provided them with an opportunity to re connect with something they have always loved. Posted: 4:26 am on September 26th
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