Garden of Life, Hershey Medical Center


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The Garden of Life is located on the Hershey Medical Center campus adjacent to the main cafeteria. The garden area was formally a embankment at the base of a Medical School stair tower covered with overgrow junipers.
The concept of the garden of life was to offer families of organ donors a place of reflection to commerate their loved ones’ memories and to recognize their incedible gift of life.
The garden is semi circular with a central fountain representing the well spring of life. Radially from the main fountain are three fountains which represent reflection, restoration and renewal.
A series of arbors with benches line the outer ring of the garden which contains a mix of cutting flowers, perennials and native trees and shrubs. The garden contains a butterfly garden to represent the freedom of the spirit.
The Garden of Life is a collaboration between Gift of Life Donor Program and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Gift of Life Donor Program
Penn State-M.S. Hershey Medical Center
25,000 sq. ft.

Carter van Dyke
A s s o c i a t e s
Pennsylvania Office
40 Garden Alley
Doylestown, PA 18901
New York Office

6850 S Gannett Hill Rd.
Naples, NY 14512

Contact CVDA
(215) 345-4324 | Fax
Carter van Dyke, RLA, ASLA
Peter R. Fernandez, RLA, ASLA, CLARB