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Healing Garden

You can admire nature’s beauty in its purest form at the Healing Garden, nestled between the property of the Clara McLean House and the Pinehurst Greenway Trail.

Inspired by classical English design the Healing Garden boasts traditional elements with whimsical touches. Paths lead the visitor to garden rooms with seating for quiet reflection, prayer, conversation or simply admiring the view. To appeal to youngest visitors, the children’s garden offers fun and discovery with soft green turf dotted with large topiaries and life-size chess and checker boards. Seat walls of Tennessee Fieldstone and a secluded water feature with streams and waterfalls offer a place to “sit a spell.”

Throughout the garden unexpected finds will delight the visitor; benches tucked into secluded spaces, art pieces adorning formal areas, boulders engraved with inspirational words scattered along paths, wildlife feeders and nest boxes hidden among the plants.

Love of nature and a desire to share its benefits with others, as well as the personal experience of caring for a loved one in the hospital setting led co-founders Lynda Acker and Cassie Willis to design the Healing Garden. Patients, families and community members are welcome in the garden. Visitors are asked to sign the guest book in the lobby of the Clara McLean House before entering. 

For information about volunteering, call Laura Kuzma at (910) 715-4230. To make a contribution click here. To discuss naming opportunities within the garden, call the Foundation of FirstHealth at (910) 695-7500.  

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