Beatitudes Campus recently dedicated Patty’s Garden, a sensory/healing garden that is specifically designed for people with dementia and their loved ones. Funds to build the garden were donated by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust on the occasion of the retirement of Harriet Ivey, founding CEO and president of the trust.

Most people love gardens. The sights, the smells, the textures and the sounds in the garden all enhance our daily lives. Natural environments can have a profound effect on our health and well being, too. Patty’s Garden, located in front of the Health Care Center at Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W. Glendale Ave., was designed to be enjoyed by residents and their loved ones, but particularly for the people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other types of dementia.

Its design is accessible and sustainable, a place where residents are drawn to the outdoors and engaged with the plants, the water feature, the smells and the textures.

“With Patty’s Garden, we knew we wanted to build a place for all the residents and families to enjoy, and we particularly wanted to honor our residents who have trouble thinking,” says Michelle Just, president and CEO of Beatitudes Campus. “With the help of many partners—the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust who funded this project, Enviroscape Landscape Architects, Parsons Design Studio and our own dementia experts—we have built a place of respite and relaxation.”

Patty’s Garden is named in honor of Harriet Ivey’s mother, Patricia L. Ivey. Harriet Ivey is the founding president and CEO (now retired) of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The Trust’s trustees gifted Harriet Ivey with funds to invest in local nonprofit organizations. Beatitudes Campus was chosen as one of the recipients.

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