Healing Garden Dedicated at Acadia Hospital

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 10 months ago

Acadia Hospital has a new healing garden. On Friday there was a special dedication ceremony. The garden is named in memory of Anita Leonard.She and her husband Ralph spearheaded a campaign to bring a psychiatric hospital to Bangor 25 years ago. Patients are already commenting on the calming effect the space has on them. “Several patients just in the past couple weeks, before the garden was even completed, walked out into the garden, sat on a bench and commented that after receiving services here, it was so peaceful, relaxing,” said Dan Coffey, President and CEO of Acadia Hospital. A centerpiece of the garden is a granite sculpture from last summer’s Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Hospital officials were overwhelmed by the turnout at Friday’s event.


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