The Healing Garden opened in 2003 as a way to honor the role of mind and spirit in the practice of medicine. Located between the hospital and the adjacent Northwest Pavilion, this tranquil space was designed to be a place of reflection for staff, patients and community members.
The garden takes its name from the fact that many herbal plants—such as peppermint and rosemary—often thrive in such environments. The space includes an herbal and fragrance garden, water fountain, multicolored brick labyrinth, and private areas with benches for meditation.
"The garden fits within Valley Medical Center's culture and philosophy of treating the whole person," says Rich Roodman, CEO. "The garden is here for the community, purchased by the community, and to be enjoyed by everyone."
Contributions to the Healing Garden are one way to honor loved ones. A number of items make lasting memorials: trees, shrubs, and benches can be purchased. Donors may also contribute an engraved commemorative brick or paver for the garden walk. To learn more, contact Grace Dalrymple at 425.656.5318.
The garden was constructed and continues to be maintained by donations.