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Work is underway at Serenity Garden at North Shore Health

Construction of a "Serenity Garden" is underway at North Shore Health. In what was a barren spot between hospital and care center wings, landscaping is taking shape. The purpose of the Serenity Garden is to provide a natural healing space for patients to observe out their windows or to visit with their families. 
WTIP's Rhonda Silence got a tour of the future garden on a rainy September 3. The progress was evident, with forms ready to be filled with concrete and pavers by S&C Masonry. 
Mary Sanders and Nancy Koloski were the committee members giving the little tour. They were delighted to talk about the design, the drainage and the future plantings.  Planting will not happen until spring. 
They were also pleased to share the news of their "Pave the Way" project, which gives the public the chance to purchase a paver to engrave with a special message. The message can be a memorial or an honorarium or a meaningful statement. 
The deadline is coming fast--anyone interested in purchasing a paver must do so before September 11. For more information on purchasing and engraving a paver for the Serenity Garden, contact Nancy at or 218-663-0147. 
The garden planners are also hoping to form a group of Serenity Garden friends, to assist with thank you notes and to help maintain the greenery. Anyone interested in becoming a Serenity Garden friend may contact Mary Sanders at or call Mary at 218-387-1729. 
WTIP's Rhonda Silence learns more about the Serenity Garden in this interview.