WOODBURY, Minn. - A hospital may not be the place where someone would like to be, but a freshly cut bouquet can certainly brighten their day.
The Cutting Garden at HealthEast Woodwinds Health Campus allows family and friends to cut flowers to bring to their loved one staying at the hospital. Through the vision of the hospital's staff, you can now hand-deliver the healing power of nature to a patient.
The garden is the first of its kind, and it is the latest endeavor for Woodwinds, a hospital that leads the field in incorporating holistic healing approaches. Donations from the community, volunteers and employees have been used to cover the cost of the new gardens, including the services of Gerten's Greenhouse and Garden Centers and Horticultural Services.
More than 27 varieties of plants, such as Shasta daisies, Black-eyed Susan's, daylilies, shrub roses and peonies provide a unique way to make a patient's day.
Thanks to Ali Larkins the Public Relations and Communications Intern and Jodi Ritacci the Senior Public Relations Specialist/Media Producer for this article and this great story idea.
Thanks to the Swanson family for letting us share in their special day with their new son Connor.
Belinda & Bobby
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