Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan Healing Garden

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Providing respite from the challenges of the hospital environment, the garden encourages discovery and reflection through a playful series of flexible spaces.

Visitors are welcomed to the garden by a yellow ribbon archway shaped like a wishbone, symbolizing a place where they can come to share their wishes. A winding blue discovery path playfully leads children throughout the garden, allowing their minds to be lost in play. A reading nook features a circular donor wall with seating, utilized during storytelling and other activities. The donor wall displays handprints of patients and supporters on colorful Pewabic tiles, encapsulating the many personal stories that make up the history of the hospital.

The garden also boasts large shade trees and plant materials that engage the senses of sight, texture and smell. A sound system allowing music to infiltrate the garden, wooden benches that double as musical xylophones, fiberglass dragon statues that decoratively disguise steam grates, and a continuously flowing water fountain adorn the site. A comfortable outdoor retreat, the garden provides a myriad of opportunities for users and has become an integral component to the hospital’s healing environment.

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