The public is encouraged to join Memorial Healthcare staff and volunteers, Friends of the River, and interns from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum for this day of planting and education about native plants and ecological restoration. Not only will this be a family-friendly, fun day, but participants will actually create a woodland garden on the grounds of the hospital!
And the creation of the garden is actually just a part of Memorial Healthcare’s plans. Nature truly has a healing effect for all of us. Studies have shown that patients with a view of natural areas heal faster than those without such a view.
“It is our hope that we can offer to our patients, employees, and medical staff a place offering a healing environment, which is peaceful and tranquil in nature yet easily assessable. The health care environment can be stressful and at times even overwhelming, however by providing an assessable park like setting, we hope to provide something of a refuge of sorts for both patients and care givers as well,” adds Long.
“On behalf of the Friends of the Shiawassee board and membership, I want to thank the Dr. John and Thora MacGregor Trust, Memorial Healthcare staff and volunteers, intern John Deruiter, and soon-to-be intern Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell for their support and stewardship efforts,” said Lauri Elbing, the Friends ‘ Executive Director. “By working together to make this a lovely place for all of us to enjoy, we actually help strengthen the riverbanks against erosion, filter out non-point pollution from the river, and provide habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife. We also appreciate the long-range care and recognition that Memorial Healthcare is giving to the Shiawassee River.”
For more information about the Friends of the Shiawassee River, the Adopt-A-River project, or the King Street Woods Planting Day, contact the Friends’ Executive Director Lauri Elbing at (989) 723-9062 or firstname.lastname@example.org - or visit shiawasseeriver.org.