Inspired by majestic oaks gracing the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital campus, the Meditation Garden is conceived as a natural cathedral, a place of refuge and reflection. Our hope is that patients, caregivers and visitors will find healing and renewal amidst nature’s beauty, and that this space will be a peaceful haven, where strength and hope blossom. The garden reflects Roper St. Francis’s commitment to caring for mind, body and spirit and our mission of “healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence.”
Designed to fully engage the senses, the Meditation Garden takes you on an inward journey enhanced by fragrant lavender, rosemary and tea olive, by peaceful sounds of cascading water and wind chimes and the various textures of stone. In keeping with the cathedral motif, the garden is comprised of four “sanctuaries” or smaller garden rooms, which one enters through a small circular cloister garden and the Grand Portal (or narthex) and then through smaller portals. The sanctuaries include the Prayer Garden, the Camellia Garden, the Labyrinth and finally the Christ Statue Garden, which lies on an axial view from the narthex, framed by oaks, as if the cathedral’s “altar.”
The Meditation Garden, including the Labyrinth, is wheelchair friendly, welcoming all patients and guests.
The Meditation garden is dedicated in honor of The Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.