Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (September 8, 2009)---When Botsford Hospital built its new cancer center last year, a healing garden was a vital aspect of the care environment. Healing gardens are known to be sanctuaries offering comfort and hope to patients and their families during cancer treatment. Studies show that being in a garden or looking at some natural scene can lower blood pressure and ease levels of fear, stress and anger.
The garden, known as the George F. Riley Healing Garden, is a gift from The Riley Foundation to bring beauty and serenity to the cancer center.
Selecting the best plants for a garden is important, and this was especially true for Botsford Hospital because the healing garden would be located between the historic Botsford Inn and the Botsford Cancer Center- where Clara Ford’s Rose Garden was once located.
Plants selected for the healing garden are varieties of what might have been in one of Mrs. Ford’s gardens in the 1920s. These include autumn clematis, black eyed susans, boxwood, catmint, hosta, hydrangea, lady’s mantle, roses, sedum and Siberian iris. Bill Whetstone, president of Great Detroit Landscape Services, which designed and installed the garden, says, “We selected plants that were historically accurate and will provide a long season of color. It’s important to plan a garden with winter interest as well. Daffodils and blue scilla will be planted this fall to provide color in the spring.”
In addition to the plants, the garden includes comfortable seating areas, a fountain and a gazebo.
The garden was completed this summer, and a special dedication event for the garden will take place next spring.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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