Meditation Garden opens under the oaks at St. Francis Hospital

Staff Report
Published April 30, 2010

Roper St. Francis Healthcare opened its Meditation Garden on the West Ashley campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital on Thursday.

A blessing ceremony was conducted by The Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston.

Funded by the Roper St. Francis Foundation, the Meditation Garden’s additional principal donors are:

  • The McQueeney Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
  • The Molony Family.
  • Beverly and Jack Hoover.

“The opening of our Meditation Garden marks the realization of a dream we’ve had since moving to this beautiful wooded campus in 1996,” said Allen Carroll, Bon Secours St. Roper St. Francis Healthcare opened its Meditation Garden on the West Ashley campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. (Photo/Mic Smith)Francis Hospital CEO. “This would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of the donors who have supported this wonderful endeavor.”

The garden, which spans 2.5 acres, includes a labyrinth, camellia garden, prayer garden with cascading water fountain and statuary connected by winding pathways and entry portals. It honors the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.

“The purpose of the garden is to engage the senses in various ways -- be it the overall visual beauty and symbolism of the garden, smell of fragrant flowers and foliages, sound of water and chimes sounding in the breeze of the oak canopy, and the tactile sensation of various stone textures under foot as you traverse the garden,” said Sanford Byers with Byers Design Group LLC, the land planner and landscape designer for the St. Francis Hospital campus since its relocation to the site 14 years ago.

In observation of World Labyrinth Day, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is inviting area residents to visit and tour the Meditation Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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