The Seidman Cancer Center Healing Garden is one-of-a-kind. Designed with patients in mind, the garden is a place of healing and respite for those who are being treated for cancer and cancer-related diseases and their loved ones who visit them. It is also a place for employees of UH Medical Center or anyone in the community that wishes to find a peaceful moment to reflect.
The garden includes hardscape features such as a heated concrete walkway, a heated granite labyrinth, and a decomposed granite patio. The landscaping in the garden includes a variety of evergreens, indigenous plants and trees, and colorful perennials. Within the Healing Garden itself, are commissioned pieces that represent the four elements: air, fire, water and earth.
The water feature runs through multiple cycles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Terrace Garden is positioned directly in view of the out-patient Infusion area so that patients receiving infusion therapy can look out at peaceful landscape features such as tall grasses, perennials and hand-selected boulders strategically placed throughout the garden.
Other features include the Walk of Life, a path that is constructed of porphyry granite, reclaimed barn stone walls, a bio-swale water management system and a sculpture of the Holden Jennings Bird was restored and sits in the center of the park.
MCM served as the on-site Owner’s Representative that managed the project in conjunction with Seidman Cancer Center as well as the Urban Park and other site improvements. The Urban Park includes the transformation of the property along Euclid Avenue. Four, 200 year-old oak trees were protected during construction so that they could remain in the new park.