“All praise by yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother. Who feeds us in her sovereignty and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
A Legacy of Beauty that Continues to Bloom and Grow
Welcome to The Healing Gardens at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania – a study in how the age-old restorative power of nature can be integrated into a 21st century medical center environment.
Healing Gardens in a healthcare setting originated in the 12th century, when monasteries and nunneries served as the first “hospitals” and the sandals of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, made a lasting impression on the Umbrian landscape.
The Friends of the Healing Gardens was born when businesswoman and philanthropist, Sue Wert, and noted landscape architect, Carter van Dyke – friends whose mothers had been St. Mary patients – proposed developing a modest commemorative garden. With the acceptance of the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation and Medical Center Boards, a challenge began: to transform an outdoor space at the core of the 53-acre Medical Center campus into a “healing garden.”
Designed by Carter van Dyke, the Cloister Garden with its oriental theme was dedicated in April 2003, with the Sisters of St. Francis serving in the choir.
Our second endeavor, a calming garden and terrace that adjoin the indoor waiting area of the St. Mary Emergency Department, was dedicated in Spring 2006.
In September 2007, a rooftop garden that actually helps conserve energy and provides patient vistas was completed. We also had gardens at the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center designed and installed at this time.
The Healing Gardens at St. Mary is a self-sustaining initiative that relies on independent fundraising by the Community League of St. Mary Medical Center and donations. Proceeds from the St. Mary Thrift Shop also serve as a funding source for The Healing Gardens.
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