A very special kind of garden exists at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore.
The Inspiration Garden, which opened in 2010, is a 2,900-square-foot garden that contains special equipment and gases to allow patients on life-giving devices to go outdoors for extended periods of time.
Only a handful of gardens like this exist in the United States, and the Inspiration Garden is the only one like it in the Northeast. The purpose of the garden is to rebuild hope in a place of tranquility.
For some of patients, going outdoors is an experience they haven’t had in many months of rehabilitation. The benefits of going out of doors – feeling sunshine, hearing birds sing, seeing the colors of the garden – help to reconnect patients to the real world.
The value of this is immeasurable. Flowers and foliage in the garden were chosen for their therapeutic benefit – intense colors, smells and textures that provide variety to the senses.
Thanks to the efforts of many, the Inspiration Garden continues to move forward. We recognize with profound gratitude the support of more than 500 individual donors as well as our corporate and foundation supporters.
For more information or to donate, please contact:
Director of Development Communications