Guests visiting our hospital or cancer center locations this week will see volunteers and staff members sporting colorful tissue paper flowers with the phrase, “Ask me about my flower.” The flower campaign is a collaborative effort among several Mercy departments to bring awareness to Mercy Cancer Center’s Healing Garden and the support still needed to bring the project to fruition. (Special thanks to Mercy volunteers who hand-crafted the paper flowers.)
The garden is located at Mercy Cancer Center West Lakes and is 100% funded through philanthropic gifts. The first phase of the garden, completed in 2014, featured raised garden beds that produced over 548 bags of organic lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, kale, herbs, carrots, and peppers during the first growing season. The produce was given to more than 200 patient families.
2015 additions include annual and perennial flower beds, tree and shrub plantings, a water feature, four-season art panels, a walking trail, and an outdoor seating area for patients and their families to relax during treatments.
But we still need your help! Do you have a green thumb or a few extra hours during the week and love being outside? The garden is greatly staffed by volunteers and community supporters, and we are always looking for more gardeners. To help with gardening activities, contact Barb Wisnieski at (515) 358-9702.
The 2015 garden additions can still be supported philanthropically and offer naming opportunities. If you are interested in giving to the garden, contact Mercy Foundation at (515) 247-3248 or make a donation online (select Cancer Center Healing Garden as the designation).
A dedication is tentatively scheduled for October 2015 upon completion of the garden.