Sussex Campus Healing Garden

The power of nature in healing

Monday, July 2, 2018 |

We know there’s far more to the healing process than rest and rehabilitation. That’s why we’ve made an investment to plant more than 10,000 flowers in the park, walking paths, and many gardens on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus. When the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus opens early next year, it will contain an abundance of trees and plants that are either native to Delaware or that will do well in the local climate — in fact, all of the trees were grown at local tree farms. 

“Landscaping is an investment, so it’s important to choose plants and trees that will thrive and survive,” explained Bayhealth Health Campus Project Director Jerry Peters. “With regard to the trees, we picked trees that upon maturity will be substantial and fit well with the site. Our selection included the largest-caliber tree that still was within our budget. We recently started planting the trees where construction will allow so they can acclimate to the site and have a chance to grow before the campus opens. Another key consideration was to include plants that bloom or retain foliage through all four seasons of the year.” 

While trees, plants, and flowers will be found across the campus, there are three primary gardens that were specifically designed and created to enhance the patient and visitor experience. They include the entry garden, dining garden, and healing garden.

Each will contain unique foliage along with some plants that will be found in all three. There will always be some greenery on the campus, even in the winter. 

Here’s just a sampling of the types of plants that will be found in each of the three main gardens: 

Entry Garden

Winterberry, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Rosa  

Dining Garden

Reed Grass, Red Twig Dogwood, Rosa 

Healing Garden 

Bluestar, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Red Twig Dogwood

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