Monday, October 25, 2010

Hess Garden Provides A Place of Respite

Those visiting Sinai Hospital now have an additional place to sit, relax and take in natural beauty: the Jacqueline H. Hess Memorial Garden.

"This is a place of quiet respite for employees, patients and visitors," said Carol Macht, the landscape architect and senior principal of architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht.

Jacqueline H. Hess was a founder of the Sinai Auxiliary and Gift Shop. Sitting outside of the Lowell and Harriet Glazer Atrium, her memorial garden is part of the heart of the new additions to Sinai.

This is the third location of the Jacqueline Hess Garden, as the previous two were moved because of Sinai building projects. A gift from George Hess and his sister Diane Pelham Burn in 1984 established the Hess Garden Fund. Burn also created the metal tree sculpture, and grandchildren David and Bill Hess created the new sun dial in the garden. David Hess also created the benches.

Pictured above are LifeBridge Health CEO Warren Green and Sinai President Neil Meltzer with George and Betsy Hess, and their sons David, Bill and Michael.

Flowers and trees in the garden include ginkgos, river birches, roses, hydrangeas, and nepetas.

This version of his mother's garden "is the nicest of the three," George Hess said. "My mother would be pleased. This is a fitting tribute to her."

Macht says the garden completes the landscape, as it sits outside of the Greenspring Cafe, designed by Hord Coplan Macht in 1995. The cafeteria, atrium, south tower and garden form a modern look reflecting Sinai's vision of moving forward.

"We commend Sinai for seeing the value of incorporating these architectural elements in a cohesive fashion," Macht says.

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