Gardens opened at Samaritan Hospital to help patients heal

A new garden has been created at a Heartland hospital to help patients heal.

The Healing Gardens at Samaritan Hospital have now been officially opened and dedicated.

The garden has been in the works for over two years. Macon and Shelby Master Gardners and community members helped to complete the project. The gardens are open to hospital staff and patients looking for a place to escape.

"We want it to be a place where anyone can go to find a little peace, a little comfort and we had the opportunity to do that here at Samaritan Hospital," said Lola Rist, a Master Gardner involved in the project.

Engraved bricks are now being placed around the garden. The bricks have been purchased to honor and remember those from the area. The purchases help to maintain garden costs and bricks are still available.

If interested in purchasing one, application forms are available in the lobby of the Samaritan Hospital. The bricks come at a cost of $75. If unable to pick up an application form at the hospital, please call the hospital at (660) 385-8700 and a form will be mailed to you.