Group plants Seeds of Hope
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.
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.