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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Memorial Healing Garden

  • The Master Gardners of Macon County had a ground breaking. Find out where here.
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  • On Monday, May 20, the Master Gardeners of Macon County had a ground breaking for the Memorial Healing Garden—an area now full of mud that will be transformed into a beautiful rose garden with fountains.
    "A hospital employee had been gardening here with her own money, but with the new hospital upgrades they wanted something a little more comprehensive," said Master Gardener Mela Linn.
    Current work includes removing dirt to get down to the grade. And according to John Nolan, President and Chief Operating Officer for Trumascape LLC, there is basically no machinery involved since the space is closed in.
    "We are slowly taking inch-by-inch off the soil and are taking the dirt out by wheel barrow," said Nolan. "It is a much longer process since the area is closed in."
    Once all the dirt is removed, rock will be brought in and concrete will be poured for sidewalks within the garden. A special pumping truck is being brought in from Columbia to pump the concrete into the space over the roof of the building.
    "This garden is very important to a lot of people who work here," said Linn. "It is very nice for patients to be outside and important for employees and people who have family in the hospital as well."
    The garden is funded completely through donations and is expected to be complete by Fall 2014.
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