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Webpage update 2/1/22

McMinnville Garden Club – Serenity Garden

We are so pleased to announce our newest community project, the Serenity Garden at the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

It is a multi-year project to provide a place of respite at the hospital for community members, patients, family, friends, and employees. Located near the Cancer Center, it will be funded by the McMinnville Garden Club, community contributions, and a partnership with WVMC.

Detailed information and contribution details follow.

VISION: The Serenity Garden at Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC)is designed to enhance the well-being of the community, patients, their families, friends, and WVMC employees through exposure to calm, restorative effects of nature.

MISSION: To provide our community’s hospital, Willamette Valley Medical Center, with a Serenity Garden which will be available for community access and to those served by WVMC as a beautiful respite for contemplation, relaxation, and healing of the mind, body, and soul. The Serenity Garden at Willamette Valley Medical Center is being developed by the McMinnville GardenClub in coordination with the WVMC through a five-phase plan. Contributions and Garden Club funds will be used to purchase plant materials (trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and grasses); as well as the construction of a water feature, pathways benches, a pergola, garden art, and signage. Irrigation, lighting, and ongoing maintenance will be provided by WVMC. The site is located adjacent to the WVMC’s south side and to the west of the Cancer Center. Patients undergoing cancer treatments look directly at the garden. This is a long-term project of the McMinnville Garden Club; Phase 1 began in the Spring of 2021 with the placing of flower baskets in spring and summer then winter baskets were installed in the Fall of 2021. Phase 2 will be adding trees in January 2022 to provide a buffer for the loading dock on the west side of the berm. Additional phases as detailed in the planning document (shown below) will be implemented as funds are available.

Current Serenity Garden Planning Team Members are Jan Clay, Linda Kuhlmann, and Patty Sorensen. Fundraising and Publicity subcommittees have also been created – the contact person is Vickie Gross.

Concept Plan for the Serenity Garden

Planning Document for the Serenity Garden Project at Willamette Valley Medical Center

A partnership between McMinnville Garden Club, WVMC along with community fundraising.

Serenity Garden Project
volunteers plant trees 1/25/22

Phase 1: 2021-22
Flower baskets for the Cancer Center treatment windows for Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall/Winter 2021-22   COMPLETED Budget $2,500 Actual Costs under $2,000 Garden Club. WVMC installed hooks/wiring.(Future baskets funding TBD)

Phase 2: Winter 2022
Plant trees on west side berm to screen views of the loading dock. COMPLETED  1/25/22 Budget $1,000 Garden Club, $500 Fundraising. WVMC to mark irrigation lines prior to planting.

Phase 3: Construct pathways then plant perennials, shrubs, and bulbs in the Serenity Garden area. Activities to be coordinated with WVMC.
Timing: Fall/Winter 2022-23.  Budget: TBD

Phase 4: Construct a water feature in center of berm, visible from the Cancer Center and Pergola. Activities to be coordinated with WVMC.
Timing: TBD.  Budget: TBD

Phase 5: Construct pergola west of back door area for a covered seating area with wheelchair access.
Budget: $4,000 Activities to be coordinated with WVMC.

Interested in helping fund the Serenity Garden?

The Club is working on a variety of electronic ways to contribute and will keep this space updated to include them. Contributions can be made now via cash or check written to “McMinnville Garden Club” – please note on the memo line  ‘Serenity Garden’. Send via mail to PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR 97128 For more information please contact us via: We hope you will Join and Watch us Grow!

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