New Island Garden at regional hospital welcomes visitors

The volunteer group, Neighbourwoods North, has kicked off their newest project at the Owen Sound Hospital and have begun work to create a welcoming garden at the main entrance to the hospital.

                                               Photos by John Dickson

This is a completely community-led initiative, funded by donations to Neighbourwoods North, and donations of plants from various local garden centres and individuals.

Adam MacDonnell from MacDonnell Excavating donated his crew, his time and heavy equipment to start this project and Neighbourwoods North volunteers carried out the planting.

Three, 20-foot ornamental pear trees were planted along with perennials, tall grasses, and flowers, and by Fall, the group will plant deciduous and evergreen shrubs to complete the new island garden.

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The island garden has been designed to create a welcoming front entrance to the hospital, and will be a focal point for the thousands of patients, visitors and staff who enter the building every year.