The Fockele Garden Company Receives Healthcare Design Top Award

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Dec. 2, 2014) — Healthcare Design magazine has honored The Fockele Garden Company with its 2014 Landscape for Healthcare Communities Gold Award. The award is the magazine’s highest honor, and The Fockele Garden Company was the only company to receive the award.

The Fockele Garden Company was recognized for its work on four therapeutic gardens at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville. Since 2009, Fockele has built Anne’s Garden, the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden, Nell’s Prayer Garden and the Pope Family Garden. All were totally funded through signature gifts to The Medical Center Foundation.

The four gardens are part of the hospital’s vision for developing outdoor therapeutic spaces. Anne’s Garden, the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden and Nell’s Prayer Garden are all located adjacent to the North Patient Tower and their connectivity allow patients, their families, visitors and staff patients to meander from one garden to the next. The Pope Family Garden is an interior garden in the South Patient Tower and is accessed through the Women and Children’s Pavilion.

“Experiencing a garden environment is shown to reduce stress, and the gardens at the medical center were designed with patients, their families, and staff in mind to provide a respite from stressors often experienced in a hospital, ” said The Fockele Garden Company co-owner Julie Evans, who designed the gardens along with co-owner Mark Fockele. “We enjoyed our collaboration with Northeast Georgia Medical Center and The Medical Center Foundation in the creation of these beautiful gardens.”

Jurors noted several aspects of the gardens in the award, including textural variety and year-round color and the number of plants used throughout, including 80 varieties in the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden and 60 varieties in Anne’s Garden. Nell’s Prayer Garden even includes a donor’s heirloom climbing rose that was handed down through multiple generations and an old-fashioned blue mophead hydrangea.

Each garden promotes health and healing, is fully accessible and offers many benches and chairs where people can rest and relax while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.

The Fockele Garden Company completed the conceptual designs for Anne’s Garden and The Pope Family Garden, as well as the planting designs and detailed plans for all four gardens on the campus. The conceptual designs for Nell’s Prayer Garden and the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden were developed by HGOR in Atlanta.

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 .

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