The Serenity Garden

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Northside Hospital believes in the healing power of nature. It is part of our commitment to the philosophy of patient-centered care in healing environments. The Serenity Garden is proudly designated as part of an international network of Gardens for Peace.

“Promoting peace in the world through the universal language of gardens.”

You are invited to visit and linger in our Serenity Garden located at the front of the Women’s Center on the ground floor to find peace, restoration, and healing.

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Swan Woods Trail

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atlanta_1The Peace Tree features several small birds, reflecting those in the Gardens for Peace logo. The five figures surrounding the tree represent the five continents.

The first Garden for Peace was dedicated in April, 1988, during the official signing of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City agreement.

Located at Station #16 on the Swan Woods Trail at The Atlanta History Center, which was developed by the Peachtree Graden Club, the Garden features a 14-foot life-size bronze statue created by Gia Japaridze, an artist from Tbilisi, in what is now the Republic of Georgia.

atlanta_5Japaridze’s sculpture, The Peace Tree, is based on a combination of the Gardens for Peace logo and a logo which was used at a Friendship Force meeting in Richmond, VA., in 1987. It features five life-size figures holding hands around a tree, a symbol of people from every continent joining hands to further the cause of peace throughout the world.

The garden itself features plants native to Georgia and is situated under a mature forest canopy of oak, hickory and pine trees with understories of secondary pines, shrubs, and ferns. A small bench sits in the shadows of the sculpture, inviting momentary solitude for all who visit.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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The dedication of the Garden for Peace on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on September 5, 2002 was significant for several reasons. First was the compatibility of the missions of both groups in regard to the value of gardens was for educational, research, and public service programs and the importance of gardens simply as places of solitude, retreat, and reflection.

Secondly, the dedication ceremony coincided with the dedication of the Freedom Plaza- a tribute to those who have lost their lives in defense of our nation’s freedom. Appropriately, the plaza features a life-size bronze sculpture of a young girl releasing a dove, entitled “Peace”. And lastly, the idea for the garden, which came from longtime supporter Norma Ogden Greer, whose family connections with this area of Georgia inspired her to make the donation in support of the garden designation.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313-acre preserve set aside by the University of Georgia to foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of plants and nature through collections and displays, horticultural gardens, educational programs, and research. Created in 2002, the area is considered a “living laboratory”, featuring the diverse flora of the state along aproximately five miles of winding nature trails with theme gardens and a conservatory.

The area designated as a Garden for Peace lies between the Heritage Garden and the International Garden. The Heritage Garden, uphill from the International Garden, includes plants of historic interest including heirloom annuals, perennials, and antique roses as well as fruit crops like apples and peaches and row crops such as cotton, tobacco, and peanuts; and a selection of plants native to Georgia.

The International Garden, which reflects the interrelationship between people and plants through the ages, pays homage to plan hunters whose work influences the American South. It includes eleven botanical and horticultural collections depicting three eras that significantly influenced the evolution of botanical gardens-the Middle Ages, the Age of Exploration, and the Age of Conservation. A stream from a nearby wall fountain flows through a series of pools into a larger pool where the water is recirculated.

While education is the Garden’s primary focus, visitors come year-round to enjoy the trails, natural areas, and experience the beauty of nature.

Sadako Peace Garden

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Originally dedicated in 1995 as a peace garden to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, the Sadako Peace Garden joined the Gardens for Peace network in June 30, 2002.

The garden, which is located at La Casa Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California, was designed by landscape architect Isabelle Greene and artist Irma Cavat as a natural garden for reflection and inspiration. It was created as a joint project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and La Casa de Maria, and is named in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a young survivor of Hiroshima who developed leukemia at the age of 12, ten years after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Her leukemia was attributed to radiation poisoning from the atomic bomb.

Based on the traditional belief in Japan that if one folds 1,000 paper cranes, one’s wish will come true. Sadako began folding cranes to regain her health and achieve world peace. At the time of her death, she had folded only 646 cranes and her classmates folded the remaining number in her memory. Today a statue of Sadako stands in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, and people all over the world continue to fold cranes for peace.

Designating his small, but powerful garden as a Garden for Peace honors all who work for peace and brings renewed interest to a community committed to peace and to the earth as a source of spiritul solace.

Royal Botanical Garden

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After 18 months of planning, the third garden in the international network of Gardens for Peace was dedicated on the grounds of the Royal Botanical Garden (Real Jardin Botanico) in Madrid, Spain, on November 7, 1991.

The site for the Madrid Garden for Peace was selected because of its location off the main pathway and because the circular area is surrounded by foliage which forms a canopy overhead, providing a quiet sanctuary. The garden features a sculpture of a young girl holding a dahlia, which was created by renowned Madrid artist Julio L.Hernandez.

Pastoral Institute

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The dedication of the sixth Garden for Peace on March 13, 1999, at the Pastoral Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, marked the organization’s first garden in Africa, with the help of Dr. James H. Costen. The five-acre site harbors a variety of trees and is part of an extensive habitat adjacent to the campus.

As students from the Institute joined leaders from Nairobi University and its Agricultural College, as well as Atlanta and Kenya-based clergy, Dr. Dorsey celebrated their vision for the land by acknowledging their participation in a peaceful world by dedicating a Garden for Peace, thus symbolizing the linking of their garden to others around the world.

The ties that bind the Pastoral Institute and Atlanta are longstanding, as several students from Kenya and the United States participate in exchange programs at seminaries and hospitals in both countries.

Oakhurst Community Garden

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Dedicated on May 6, 2000, the designation of the Oakhurst Community Garden as a Garden for Peace marks the first site of its kind in the network. The half-acre garden was established in 1996 and is a hands-on gardening program dedicated to teaching environmental awareness to local students.

The program serves over 300 children and adults with a variety of programs including having older youth mentor young children in environmental awareness and wellness projects, and vegetable beds where local residents can grow their own produce.

National Botanical Garden of Georgia

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A special sculpture entitled Birds was placed in the Tbilisi garden.

A special sculpture entitled Birds was placed in the Tbilisi garden.

The dedication of the second Garden for Peace in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, was held May 24, 1989, during an Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Business Delegation trip led by Mayor Andrew Young and Mr. Ronald Allen, former Chairman and CEO of Delta Air Lines, Inc. The garden site is along one of Tbilisi’s main streets in the heart of the city.

During the ceremony, then-Mayor Irakli Andriadze, who had attended the Atlanta garden dedication, welcomed the delegation, as well as Tbilisi citizens and a group of school children, expressing his enthusiasm for this further tie between Tbilisi and Atlanta.

Mayor Young unveiled the sculpture donated by Atlanta artist Sergio Dolfi which had been sent by the organization.

Lakewold Gardens

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The spring of 1998 marked the dedication of the third domestic Gardens for Peace at Lakewold Gardens in Tacoma, Washington. With supporters and City dignitaries on hand, the bronze garden marker was unveiled at a site nestled near the Overlook Patio. This particular site overlooks other gardens on the estate and is one of the most peaceful areas on the grounds. The gardens at Lakewold include 500 varieties of evergreens, 250 species of rhododendrons and over 30 Japanese maple trees.

Lakewold, considered one of America’s great estate gardens, stands on the site of a 1908 summer cabin built by Emma Alexander. Her son extended the property and had the home and gardens designed to capture the view of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Ranier. The house was sold in 1925 to the Griggs family, who named it Lakewold, which means lake woods.

In 1940, the estate was sold to Corydon and Eulalie Wagner, and for the next 50 years, Mrs. Wagner transformed Lakewold to its present design.

Today, the garden reflects several significant refinements made by landscape architect Thomas Church, whom Mrs. Wagner hired as a consultant in 1958. Corydon Wagner died in 1978, and in 1987, Mrs. Wagner donated the estate to the Friends of Lakewold. The grounds were opened to the public in 1989 and Mrs. Wagner continued to live in the house until her death in 1991.