The Secret Garden

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Amongst the many large concrete buildings at the Health Sciences Centre, patients of the Rehabilitation Hospital have discovered the therapeutic benefits of horticulture and relaxation in a quiet space called the Courtyard.

Rehab Recreation Coordinators Clayton Carriere and Dana McFarlane have partnered with HSC grounds keepers Bob Norberg and Don Lucek to offer horticulture therapy at Health Sciences Centre. This form of therapy affords patients the opportunity to care for flowers and shrubs amongst the serenity of the Rehabilitation Courtyard.

Some of the many brilliant features of the courtyard include a wishing pond and fountain, evergreen shrubs and Shubert Chokecherry trees, a herb/perennial garden, hanging flower baskets, and beautiful lily garden beds.

Bob and Don support the need for “green” and living spaces around Health Sciences Centre, and have provided the Rehab Patient Gardening Program with flowers, gardening tools, soil, fertilizer and plenty of expertise to ensure that the courtyard becomes a thriving and colourful “secret garden”.

Unknown to many people outside of the Rehab, the smoke-free courtyard is enjoyed from late April to early autumn by those seeking sun, fresh air, and a quiet place to enjoy a coffee break or a visit from a friend. In addition, every Thursday evening throughout the summer, the courtyard becomes a pleasant smelling outdoor diner as patients, family, and friends are treated to a healthy barbeque put on by the Rehab Recreation Coordinators and HSC Volunteers.

Some of the many brilliant features of the courtyard include a wishing pond and fountain, evergreen shrubs and Shubert Chokecherry trees, a herb/perennial garden, hanging flower baskets, and beautiful lily garden beds. Most importantly, patients are given the chance to demonstrate some of their personal talents or learn new skills in the area of horticulture, thus enhancing their quality of life while in Rehab and giving them a new interest to take with them to their home life.