July 19, 2013 by Sandra Jonas A HEALING GARDEN I’m in Montreal to spend as much time as possible with my mom. The Palliative Care facility here has an in credible Healing Garden for patients and their families. Although not my own haven, it fills the bill temporarily. Big surprise is Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. I had no idea they were hardy to Zone 3! Delightful mixed with daylilies & ferns below. Large plantings of both wax and tuberous begonias for annual colour. Ingenious solution to keep the fish safe from predators. a network of fishing line. Clearly all the paths are paved and the entire garden is wheelchair accessible. Everything I learned about in my year-long seminar ” Design for the Elderly & Infirm” is beautifully executed here. I lunch here daily, overlooking the pond,listening to the sound of the gentle fountain. My mom is receiving the most incredible care and we are so grateful to the entire staff of the Palliative Care Program at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is being treated with compassion & dignity. A huge thank you to all who left comments on my last post. I appreciate your kindness & good wishes.