Megan Hutchinson, Volunteer Coordinator
“My husband was dying as a patient in your hospital. I couldn’t have asked for more comfort during this agonizing time. I found comfort in the greetings and smiles I received in the lobby, the stunning quilt that was laid on him during his last hours and the incredible gardens where I found peace.”
We regularly receive these types of kudos praising the efforts of our volunteers — people who give their time and talents to improve the experience at CMH. Volunteers bring joy to CMH in many ways, including creating beautiful spaces for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.
The Garden Tenders are a group of volunteers who maintain and provide gardening advice for the spaces around the CMH campus. There are five gardens available for people to use.
The Garden Tenders are most proud of the work done in the Kitchen Patio Garden and the Sanctuary Garden. Zina Helmandollar, CMH caregiver, donates her time and talents as a Master Gardener to maintain and improve the Kitchen Patio Garden. Zina regularly shares her expertise for other landscaping projects around campus. In preparation for Hospital Week in May, the Garden Tenders worked tirelessly to make sure these spaces, most particularly the Sanctuary Garden, were at their best.
These gardens provide healing, comfort and joy to people from all walks of life. Take a stroll through one of our gardens, and you will begin to understand their importance and see the dedication and passion of our Garden Tenders.
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