The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center features many gardens including a rain garden, therapy garden, miniature and topiary garden, water garden, legacy garden and fragrance garden, to name a few. The public is invited to tour The Gardens during an open house from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center is nearing completion and the public is invited to tour the botanical oasis during an open house Thursday afternoon, from 4 until 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and a program is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Visit Photo Gallery The Gardens project was constructed by the HMC Foundation at Hedrick Medical Center and funded through donations from individuals, business, organizations and foundations. “As the project nears completion, we wanted a way to introduce The Gardens to our patients, staff, donors and the entire community,” said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation development officer. “We hope people will come out to the grand opening to see the transformation that has taken place here at Hedrick. We are looking forward to showing everyone this beautiful place that will provide space for healing and peace, as well as areas for gathering with family, friends or co-workers.” The program will include remarks from Chapman as well as from Steve Schieber, HMC’s chief executive officer, and Betty Preston Steele, Foundation president. An invocation will be given by Pastor Jeff Keck, of New Life Fellowship and HMC Spiritual Wellness. Among features of The Gardens: Rain Garden – The focal point of the Rain Garden is the wooden overlook, surrounded by plants that thrive in a wet environment Outdoor Therapy Garden (given by the Noble Dean Smith Trust which is administered by the Livingston County Community Foundation). The Therapy Garden includes five circles that provide staging areas for trees and therapy equipment to expand the services for hospital patients. Five different surfaces and stairs are available in the Therapy Garden to assist with rehabilitation. Gazebo (given by Paul and Betty Preston Steele). The Gazebo is the focal point at the end of the Main Lawn area and is surrounded by the Fragrance and Winter gardens. The Gazebo offers a calming and peaceful place with table and Adirondack chair seating. The building is illuminated from dusk to dawn via a skylight. Main Patio (given by Edward P. Milbank) The large patio area has a pergola that provides tables and chairs in both sun and shade. The Main Patio is connected with the Pavilion and together can accommodate larger numbers of people for events. Blue Garden – Blue stone winds through the garden that is full of evergreens and plants, many with a blue hue. Benches are placed for relaxing or gathering. Miniatures & Topiary Garden – This garden is populated with shaped plants, bushes and small trees. It rises from the Rain Garden area and flows into the Learning and Legacy gardens. Learning Garden (given by the Gary Dickinson Family Foundation) – provides an amphitheater-like slope to a wooden decked stage that provides space for school or other youth groups to hear presentations or learn about The Gardens. Water Garden and Fountains (given by Drs. David and Jane Neal) Three fountains run perpendicular to the Pavilion, surrounded by grass, bushes, trees and plants that complement the surrounding areas. Fragrance Gardens – These gardens flank the Main Lawn on the way to the Gazebo. Plants and shrubs provide visual and olfactory variety. Legacy Garden – The Legacy Garden is positioned at the front of The Gardens and includes the Welcome Tree as well as a “City Hospital” concrete sign salvaged from the old Hedrick Medical Center. Colorful, beautiful plants showcase this garden area that runs parallel to the Main Lawn. Winter Garden – The Winter Garden an be found to the south of the Gazebo and includes plants, shrubs and trees that will provide interest and color during the colder months. Meadow Stone Wall (given by the HMC Auxiliary) – Semi-circle seating at the front of the Meadow, Prairie and Savanna areas. The wall runs parallel to the Main Lawn. Main Lawn (given by Don and Nan Chapman and Tom and Lindy Chapman) – The Main Lawn is the central lawn area upon entering The Gardens from the hospital. The lawn runs the length of The Gardens from the entrance to the Gazebo. Prairie, Savanna and Orchard (sponsored by the Shortgrass Chapter of Quail Forever as a part of its Show-Me Youth Pollinator program). Areas have been seeded and planted by HMC’s Partners in Education Class (Mrs. Brenda Baker at Central School) and children of HMC employees. This area will become a showcase of more than 60 species of native grasses and wildflowers that improve pollination in the garden and in the community. Fundraising efforts are continuing for the $1.39 million Gardens project. The HMC Foundation has Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits still available to help with the project, Chapman said. These are 50 percent tax credits that are transferable and can be used over multiple years. Any Missouri taxpayer/entity, including some charitable organizations, is eligible to purchase the credits. For more information, contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or for more details.”