Jasper Herb Society celebrates 10th anniversary of cancer center garden
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 02, 2012 | 1035 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Jasper Herb Society admire their new sign in their garden at Walker Cancer Care Center. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Members of the Jasper Herb Society admire their new sign in their garden at Walker Cancer Care Center. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
slideshow
Shortly after the Walker Cancer Care Center 10 years ago, members of the Jasper Herb Society approached the administration about planting an herb garden on the grounds.

“We told them that we would be good stewards here and that our goal was to create a serene environment for patients of the cancer center,” said Nora Estill, a charter member of the Herb Society.

The group selected a spot for the garden outside the windows of the Center’s chemotherapy floor.

A dedication ceremony was held in June 2002, and the Herb Society is rededicating it today in recognition of the garden’s 10th anniversary.

Today, the area is covered in rosemary, lemongrass and more than a dozen other herbs and flowers.

A large strawberry patch is growing beneath the windows that look into the room where patients receive chemo treatments.

The garden also includes a new sign designating that it is a project of the Herb Society and a recently refurbished bench where visitors can come to reflect.

DeAnna Bagwell, administrator of the Center, said the herb garden has been a comfort to many residents while battling cancer as well as to her staff.

“It gives everyone something so much more pleasant to see than the brick wall of the side of the hospital,” Bagwell said.