Howard County Garden Club adds Welcoming Touch to HCGH Entrance


May 22, 2014

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“Studies show that just three to five minutes spent looking at views dominated by trees, flowers or water can begin to reduce anger, anxiety and pain and to induce relaxation.” Scientific American, March 1, 2012

COLUMBIA, Md.— The Howard County Garden Club is installing a beautiful new garden at the entrance of Howard County General Hospital. With a theme of Circles of Healing, the garden includes a colorful array of flowers that bloom throughout the year arranged in a circular design.

“Gardens help with healing and this garden will be welcoming to people as they arrive at the hospital at what could be a stressful time,” explains Laura Warfield, president of the award-winning garden club that was originally established in 1932 and today includes 37 active members. Warfield spent more than 30 years in healthcare before retiring several years ago.

Each year, the Howard County Garden Club raises funds to provide a garden to a local organization. This year, in addition to Howard County General Hospital, the club installed a raised bed at the Enchanted Garden at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library in Ellicott City.

About Howard County General Hospital

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 253 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care. The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing nearly 100 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and more than 380 volunteers.