We recently had an article on healing and wellness gardens (look in our December/January issue to read the story). So we went to our local Ronald McDonald house in Milwaukee to experience healing gardens first-hand. At the house, they have a wonderful “Secret Garden” for families to use in the back, complete with a veggie garden, gazebo, alphabet garden, birdhouses, a play set and more. The garden is run entirely by volunteers of the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, and it’s a huge success. The families that stay at the house are often in stressful situations, and they love having the garden there because it provides a much-needed escape.
During our photoshoot of the garden, we fell in love with 4-year-old Issy (currently battling cancer) and his parents, Homero and Lori. We couldn’t fit in all the great photos from that day in the magazine, so here are a few more (this is Issy with his mom, dad and volunteer Ann Phillips). We’re glad healing gardens exist for kids like Issy, and we encourage you to seek out similar gardens in your area. The power of plants is pretty amazing!