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Cox Health Opens its Healing Garden

Cox Health System's Hulston Cancer Center has opened a new "Healing Garden" on its roof top.

The grand opening is today from 4pm till 6:30pm.

This new garden is designed for cancer patients to be able to sit outside and smell the roses.

KSMU's Erika Brame went out to the garden for a private tour.

The wind chimes come from the center of the garden behind the pagoda.

Surrounding the pagoda are several potted vines that will grow up the structure, blooming with many flowers.

Lisa Alexander is President of the Cox Health Foundation.

She says the flowers will burst with color once they stretch around the pagoda.

"And the clematis is just gorgeous, it's a deep, deep purple. So the combination of the pink mandavillas and the purple clematis and the white and yellow roses, it's just going to be an explosion of color."

Alexander says everything in this garden is built and created with healing in mind, even the wind chimes were carefully chosen for their healing tones.

"Everything in the garden has to be healing, calming, soothing, and so we listened to over 55 wind chimes until we choose one ... two that had the right tones. But that they were actually the name of the tone was also "healing" so it was perfect."

This is a potted and self-sustaining garden on the roof top of the Hulston Cancer Center.

Alexander pointed down to square panels beneath our feet to illustrate how this self-sustaining irrigation system works.

"There is just a little space between all of them so the water goes down and then this is actually the drain right here. Sot that it's all, this entire roof top garden is self-contained. It's watered, drained, irrigated; everything is built and compacted within this 1,500 square feet."

Within the 1,500 square feet there are 10 benches and several pots.

Both are made from recycled material.

River rocks surround the flower pots.

A three tier fountain sits just to the right as visitors come down the ramp to enter the garden.

Track lights surround the perimeter and two flood lights facing the pagoda allow visitors to use the garden at night.

The garden is open to the public during the cancer center hours.

This entire garden was funded by donations from 177 contributors and cost a total of $190,000.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.