Client: Gift of Life Donor Program Penn State-M.S. Hershey Medical Center
Size: 25,000 sq. ft.
The Garden of Life is located on the Hershey Medical Center campus adjacent to the main cafeteria. The garden area was formerly an embankment at the base of a Medical School stair tower covered with overgrown junipers.
The concept of the Garden of Life 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. Radiating outward from the main fountain are three smaller fountains that represent reflection, restoration and renewal.
A series of arbor-covered benches line the outer ring of the garden and contain a mixture of cutting flowers, perennials and native trees and shrubs. The garden also 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.