The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has partnered with Groundswell Design Group to create an outdoor space for children who typically must spend a lot of their time indoors. A beautiful rooftop garden, called the Sea Garden, was inspired by the original Seashore House with the goal of bringing the calm of the sand and the sea to patients and families. In addition to the beautiful design, the garden will host ongoing educational programming for patients and families that will include everything from alphabet gardening and story-telling, to nutrition and healthy eating.
The Sea Garden features different types of plants: natives, edibles, shrubs, and flowers—helping children with different challenges bloom and grow to the best of their abilities. PHS is working with CHOP to sustain the space, and will provide educational support for those who tend the garden. Meadowbrook Farm will be supplying seeds, vegetable plants, and herbs to be grown in the garden this summer for the children to maintain and enjoy. For more information about this inspirational project, click here.
Pictured above at the garden’s ribbon-cutting ceremony are (from left to right): David Fierabend, principal at Groundswell Design Group; Madeline Bell, president and chief operating officer of CHOP; Maitreyi Roy, senior vice president of programs and planning at PHS; and Julie Snell, PHS project manager.