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 an embankment at the base of a Medical School stair tower covered with overgrown junipers.  The concept was to offer families of organ donors a place of reflection to commemorate their loved ones’ memories and to recognize their incredible gift of life.
The garden is semi-circular with a central fountain representing the wellspring of life.  Radially from the main fountain are three fountains that 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. A butterfly garden was included 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.
Location:  Hershey, Pennsylvania
Clients:  Gift of Life Donor Program; Penn State-M.S. Hershey Medical Center
Size:  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