Garden Club of the Back Bay Donates to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

July 23, 2013
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managSpaulding’s<br />Larisa Pazmino and Steven Patrick flank Garden Club Co-President Jackie Blombach at the hospital’s new cutting-edge rehab facility.

Once again the Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc., has donated money to a local institution.

The Garden Club has given $1,000 to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in honor of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“After visiting Spaulding, we were impressed by the easy access of patients, visitors and staff to many garden spaces around the building,” said Jolinda Taylor, copresident of the Garden Club.

“The views of Boston Harbor from the patient rooms are spec­tacular and uplifting,” added Jackie Blombach, copresident of the Garden Club.

“Spaulding is committed to caring for the whole patient, body and spirit” according to Steven Patrick, vice president for development, who accompanied the Garden Club officers on their midsummer visit, “and allow­ing patients access to peaceful Garden spaces is essential.”

Patrick added, “The outdoor spaces are intended to encourage patients to get outside, seek fresh air and engage with the commu­nity. We plan to incorporate gar­dening as a therapeutic activity, with wheelchair accessible raised beds.”

The gardens include native, droughttolerant and saltresis­tant trees and shrubs, ornamental grasses, and evergreens, on the hospital’s site at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The new Spaulding facility has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status certification, a very high standard of energy conservation and responsiveness to the natural environment.

The Garden Club, which cares for neighborhood trees, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year by planting 50 magno­lia trees in Back Bay and near­by neighborhoods. Club mem­bers volunteer in community projects at the Women’s Lunch Place, Hale House, The Learning Project, and The College Club and the Commonwealth Avenue mall and statue gardens.

Follow The Garden Club of the Back Bay online at www.gar­denclubbackbay.org

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