Pope Family Garden designed to have terrarium feel
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (March 22, 2014) — The Medical Center Foundation recently dedicated the Pope Family Garden which was designed and built by The Fockele Garden Company, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC).
The Pope Family Garden is the fourth garden developed by The Fockele Garden Company at NGMC. Since 2009, Fockele has built Anne’s Garden, the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden, and Nell’s Prayer Garden – all totally funded through philanthropy.
The therapeutic garden is accessed from the Women and Children’s Pavilion located in the South Patient Tower. A centerpiece fountain of sculptured calla lilies is surrounded by benches, tables, and chairs for adults and children. Small animal sculptures are hidden among the garden plants, and are the quest of a game to search for the animals.
The surrounding buildings enclose the garden and create the climate of a terrarium. Exotic plants thrive, and visitors enjoy a space that is protected from wind, and where they can find shade under the mature bigleaf magnolias, or beneath the planted arbor. The enclosure also secures the garden for parents and their children, allowing them to enjoy a safe space to relax and play.
“The terrarium like setting and atmosphere drove the design,” said Mark Fockele, co-owner of The Fockele Garden Company. “It called for lush vegetation – particularly plants with big, bold dramatic foliage.”
The garden has layers of variety, from the ground to the tree tops. The forty-foot magnolia trees were planted five years ago by The Fockele Garden Company during the construction phase but while most of the garden details were still conceptual.
Based in Gainesville, Ga., The Fockele Garden Company serves clients throughout the Southeast. The company focuses on the maintenance and installation of commercial landscapes and residential gardens, and provides services such as irrigation systems, cisterns, outdoor lighting, rainwater harvest systems, custom water features, and stone work. For more information about The Fockele Garden Company, please call 770-532-7117 or visit www.fockelegardencompany.com.