Strong Kids

New gardens bring healing

May. 13, 2015

Two new spaces that will offer healing outside of the children's hospital are the building's beautiful healing gardens. Healing gardens are rooted in Golisano Children's Hospital's commitment to patient- and family-centered care.

Located on the east side of the new building, Grace's Garden, named in honor and memory of Amazing Grace Esposito, will offer plenty of colorful plantings and natural outdoor beauty, as well as a "Tree of Love" that shows community support for patients and their families. The $350,000 space was named by Grace's parents Jennifer and Vinnie Esposito and the 13WHAM news team. The Rochester community has played a large role in fundraising for the garden, donating leaves in honor of their loved ones to make up the Tree of Love, funding benches and special butterfly plaques, and much more.

Lauren's Garden, found on the building's west side, will offer a beautiful setting ideal for conversation and reflection, as well as fresh air and an activity kiosk for children. Lauren's parents Andy and Eleanor Olander committed to raising $250,000 over a five-year span in honor and memory of their daughter. Similar to Grace's Garden, the community has been a large part of the fundraising for the meaningful space. Donations to the "Lauren's Legacy" Stroll team, Lemonade for Lauren, and Luminaries for Lauren have all made a difference in the construction of the garden.

We are excited to see the groundwork going in for the gardens and can't wait to see them finished with their greenery. The two spaces will each provide a wonderful setting for caregivers, patients, and visitors to take some time for respite and to find comfort.