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Craig Hospital receives $100,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation

Funds will create welcome and healing gardens to unite Craig’s new campus

Craig Hospital has received a $100,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation(CGF) to create two special garden areas in a green space between the hospital’s East and West buildings.

Craig is currently in the midst of a multi-year expansion and renovation project that will add approximately85,000 square feet of new space and renovate approximately 135,000 square feet of existing space. Craig Hospital worked with the City of Englewood to close Clarkson Street between the East and West buildings in

order to have an enclosed, safer campus with a cul-de-sac main entrance and accessible front garden area.

The Colorado Garden Foundation grant will allow Craig to construct a Patient Arrival Garden that will provide a sense of welcome and peace to help patients and families feel calm and secure during their first moments on campus. In addition, a 9,200 sq. ft. Healing Garden will include a pedestrian promenade, plaza, water feature, seating and raised planting beds of different heights for patient therapy.

The Therapy Gardens are Maintained by Craig’s Therapeutic Recreation department with the assistance of Craig’s Registered Horticultural Therapist, who works individually with patients and runs monthly classes. Each year, the horticultural therapy program works with dozens of inpatients and outpatients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to teach them new skills and help them learn how to enjoy life’s “new normal.”

The grant-funded Healing Garden will more than triple the amount of outdoor therapeutic space available for use with our patients, greatly benefitting functional patient outcomes.

According to Tom Carr, director of Therapeutic Recreation of Craig Hospital, “The Colorado Garden Foundation’s generous funding will help us grow and expand our outdoor spaces into usable therapeutic environments that also provide places of refuge and relaxation for patients, families and the community surrounding Craig Hospital.”

The Colorado Garden Foundation is a non-profit that funds Horticultural-specific projects and scholarships throughout Colorado. Grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF’s two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million to more than 214 organizations in Colorado. To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit www.ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.