Group plants Seeds of Hope

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUR TOWN - —CARIN SCHOPPMEYER CSCHOPPMEYER@NWADG.COM

The sec­ond an­nual “Seeds of Hope” gar­den party July 27 at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale will ben­e­fit Heal­ing Gar­dens of Northwest Arkansas.

Rachel Cox, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion is to “be a green space for all by en­rich­ing the qual­ity of lives in Northwest Arkansas.” She said there are four pil­lars to achiev­ing that mis­sion: health and well­ness — with the or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing as a re­source for mind, body and soul; ed­u­ca­tion — the gar­den will pro­mote learn­ing about self, na­ture or both and be used as an out­door class­room; arts in­te­gra­tion — the project is planned with artis­tic and ther­a­peu­tic de­sign in mind; and com­mu­nity build­ing — the com­mu­nity as a whole will be wel­come to the gar­den.

Pro­ceeds from the event will go to­ward con­struc­tion of the

gar­den, planned to be open in 2020 be­hind High­lands On­col­ogy Group fa­cil­ity on Horse­barn Road in Rogers, just off the Ra­zor­back Green­way. The gar­den will in­clude a labyrinth, wa­ter­fall, 2.2 acres of gar­dens, sculp­tures, re­flect­ing pool and a stone-stack­ing area where vis­i­tors can “lay down their bur­dens or stack up their bless­ings,” Cox said.

The gar­den party-at­tire fundraiser will fea­ture a keynote mes­sage from Gary Oliver, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Healthy Re­la­tion­ships at John Brown Univer­sity in Siloams Springs. Oliver also is a pro­fes­sor

of psy­chol­ogy and prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy. Co-chair­men of the event are Vicki Pe­tree and sons Josh and Lance, in mem­ory of Rick Pe­tree.

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Sup­port­ers of the Heal­ing Gar­dens of Northwest Arkansas plan to open the ther­a­peu­tic gar­den in 2020 be­hind High­lands On­col­ogy Group in Rogers. The sec­ond an­nual “Seeds of Hope” gar­den party July 27 at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale will ben­e­fit the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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