Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Healing Garden

Parks can be found in many strange places. We have one on the 8th floor of St. Luke's Hospital (2900 W. Oklahoma Ave) and it's open to the public.  With the entire valley out in front of you, it's a fantastic sight, especially with fall colors. Here's a photo from Saturday. Some trees are still green, but maybe leaves will fall before they color this year.

Called The Healing Garden, it was a labor of love, built with donations from both private and public donors.  It's a space where patients can enjoy the fresh air through the season.  There is even an indoor conservatory. Over 100 different varieties of plants are up here, including seasonal plants like mums now. There is an herb garden where you are encouraged to pick and smell. You'll notice sculptures as you make your way around the garden. Hours are 5 am- 9 pm. There's free parking in the garage. You'll have to make your way to the second floor from the parking garage elevator and find the patient elevators, then select the 8th floor.

The herb garden

Raised planters hold annuals and perennials
If you'd like to make a donation, you can have a brick placed in one of the planters. For more information, pick up a brochure in the Healing Garden, or call 877-460-8730.
Make an outdoor brick purchase
While you're up admiring the view, you might notice Leon's Custard is just across the street.  Make your way over there and bring cash (they don't take anything else) to try one of the best Milwaukee custards.
While you're in the neighborhood, Forest Home Cemetery is just down the street.  With an incredibly diverse selection of trees and plants, this is a fantastic fall destination. Here are a few photos from today, when we visited. Download a self guided tour at the website.

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