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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Healing Garden Tour at St. Mary's Janesville Hospital

St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital invites you to tour our Healing Garden (currently under development) and hear from the lead designer, Richard Slayton, Senior Landscape Architect with Erdman in Madison, Wisconsin.  Richard will share the background, and his design concepts for the Healing Garden.  St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital opened on January 9, 2012 and the Healing Garden is the first fund raising project of the St. Mary’s Janesville Foundation.  The garden is tucked between the Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s Janesville on their shared campus on Racine Street in Janesville, just east of I-94. The Healing Garden is being created to serve our patients, their families, visitors, staff and physicians.  The garden will be a restorative healing garden with plant material, hardscape features and water to soothe and help with the healing process.

Efforts to raise the necessary funds to build out the healing garden began in October of 2011.  The St. Mary’s Janesville Foundation Board approved the release of funds to begin the landscape work and plantings to create the first segment of the garden this summer. Plans call for completion of the garden in the fall of 2013.  It is the hospital’s goal to have the garden be a true community project.  Already hospital volunteers tend to the container plants on the terrace just outside of the building.  Hospital staff are also ready to volunteer to help plant the garden and maintain it on a regular basis.  Youth groups and individual volunteers have also volunteered to help.  And our goal is to have UW Extension Master Gardeners work with our volunteers by sharing their knowledge and leading garden projects to keep our garden healthy and beautiful.

Please join us on:

Thursday, September 13, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 in the evening
St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital Healing Garden
(off the Town Square and our café dining area)
3400 E Racine Street
Janesville Wisconsin
Speaker:  Richard Slayton, Senior Landscape Architect
Refreshments and light snacks will be served

Please RSVP for this event, so we can plan for the evening, with your name and the number of persons attending
You mail e-mail Dianne Coopman, Foundation Director at
Or call her at 608-373-8015 to RSVP or ask questions. 

Thank you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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