Healing garden brightens CPH Center for Cancer Care
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6:41 am

The sound and sight of falling water is at the center of the healing garden, next to the dedication plaque with a quotation by George Washington Carver: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because, someday in life, you will have been all of these."

POTSDAM -- A new “healing garden” has been completed at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care at 50 Leroy Street.

The garden was planned and budgeted as part of the Center for Cancer Care construction, and has been further supported by a donation from Dr. Michael and Mrs. Barbara Maresca in honor of Dr. Maresca’s mother, Elizabeth. The Marescas were significant contributors to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” capital campaign, and designated a portion of their gift specifically for this project.

The healing garden entrance is marked by a stately stone column, and includes a walking path skirted on both sides by perennial flowers, shrubs and grasses. The variety of seasonal plantings is designed to ensure vibrant colors in all seasons. Falling water adds beauty and soft sounds. A dedication plaque attached to the stone wall includes a quotation by George Washington Carver.

“The quote by George Washington Carver speaks to the value system my mother has placed in her kids and students. She has always been an inspiration to me,” said Dr. Maresca. “After having been successfully treated by Dr. Gold while the Center for Cancer Care was being built, she wanted Barbara and me to do whatever possible for other patients to have the positive outcome she has had.”

Key pieces of the original Leroy Street entrance of the hospital have been placed throughout the garden, including an iconic stone pineapple and portions of the former entrance arches. Engraved donor bricks that had lined the walkway to the hospital’s main entrance have been moved to the garden.