KAWARTHA LAKES- There are 16 gardens on the property at Ross Memorial Hospital and every year various departments volunteer their time to tend to the plants along with the patients.
The Hospital’s Go Green Team encourages all departments in the hospital to “Adopt a Garden for Earth Day. The gardens are later “judged” by the team. The hospital says the project is an effort to ensure the grounds remain beautiful yet cost-effective to maintain. It’s also a great way for staff to show some pride in their hospital.
Officials say some employees bring perennials from home; others are purchase annuals for their department’s flower-bed. Before and after pictures are taken of each department’s garden, and they’re judged in mid-July.
On Wednesday the Go Green Team announced the winners of this year’s contest:
Overall Favourite & Garden Cup winner: Diagnostic Imaging
Most Improved: Auxiliary
Most Creative: Laboratory
Most Sustainable: Dialysis
Most Dramatic: Recreation Therapy
Honourable Mention: Mental Health, Health Records, Administration
Go Green Team member Marc Sorensen congratulated all who volunteered their time to maintain their department gardens. “This year, teams went above and beyond to make their gardens special for our patients and visitors. They look amazing. I hear it all the time from people walking to and from the hospital. It makes a big difference and shows our pride in our hospital.”