I’m in Montreal to spend as much time as possible with my mom. P1210936

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.



12 thoughts on “A HEALING GARDEN

  1. I know the sense of calmness that comes from a “healing garden”, too. When my late husband, Roy, and I visited M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX off and on for some nine years, there were gardens on the grounds there available to patients for a respite from doctor appts., testing, etc. It just felt good to go and sit outside and look at flowers, trees, nature and then the sky and know that place could bring a sense of relief and respite. My thoughts are with you, Sandra, at this time and your post above is lovely. Best – Carolyn

  2. Sandra, I wish you peace and love while you are with your mom! I know from my recent experience with my grandmother how difficult this can all be. Your pictures of the garden are beautiful and know that you are loved.:)

  3. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see all hospices, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities provide such beautiful landscaping! So sorry to hear your Mom is at this stage in her life. My prayers and love will be with you!!

  4. Lovely garden. Thinking of you. Come see your little hydrangea in bloom in our garden when you can. Miserable summer, lots of rain. Glad you are there with your Mom. You have inspired me to go down and spend some time with mine.

  5. What a beautiful healing garden, it can make a big difference. Just sitting near the pond and fountain has its own relaxing and healing properties.

  6. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! I designed this garden in… 2004? It was my first project as a professional landscape architecture and I was a bit nervous about the pond. It is so gratifying to see it is used and appreciated! I’m glad it brings you comfort in difficult times.

  7. Thank you very much for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings in such a challenging moment for you and your mother.
    I work as therapeutic garden designer and horticultural therapist in Spain. And I must say that knowing, directly through a patient’s family member, about the effects that these healing spaces make in people going through a difficult moment, it gives me motivation and determination for overcome the difficulties of recommending organizations about the benefits of setting up a healing garden in theis facilities.
    This garden looks very thoughtfully and cleverly designed, my congratutlations to Catherine Mercier-Baggett.
    I wish all the best for you and your mother Sandra.
    Inma Peña Fuciños (www.naturalezaterapeutica.com)

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