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Healing Gardens of NWA Story

Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas began with a chaplain’s wish and a daughter’s dream to provide a peaceful place to visit when healing is essential. The two were brought together with a common vision: a healing garden.

The vision began taking shape with the support of Highlands Oncology Group. As the idea was shared and more and more people from the community became involved the plans for the garden started to come to life.

We now have the perfect team in place to see the vision through to completion.

The comprehensive costs of our project are $5.67 million. Larry Perkin of Hight-Jackson was one of the three stakeholders in the design and partnership phase assisting with the overall design and development of the site planning for the garden space. Our goal was to culminate a team of highly qualified people who can keep a thumb on costs and could offer enhancement of a healing green space on the trail systems.

Scott Eccleston of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art also championed this project and he and Larry Perkin assisted in connecting us to Ron Troutman of Boulder Construction, who will be our primary contractor for the project and has a great reputation of his work with the Razorback Greenway and Crystal Bridges. We obtained Howell & Van Curen as our landscape architect for the project. Their work is nationally known including Chicago Botanical, Philbook Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges. Soon after, Maurice Jennings joined our team through his connection to Highlands while he was a patient receiving care. He and his son, Walter Jennings, came on board as our architects to design the Sanctuary pavilion space in the gardens. Maurice was partners with Fay Jones for 39 years and was responsible for projects like Thorncrown Chapel, Mildred B. Cooper Chapel, Garvan Gardens, the JB Hunt Memorial, and many more. Our project was Maurice’s last project before his passing from cancer in the fall of 2016. This space will be a third generation Frank Lloyd Wright project. Baldwin and Shell will be helping with the construction aspect of the Sanctuary/pavilion space as recommended through their work with Jennings architecture.

Ron Troutman of Boulder Construction and Baldwin & Shell have priced everything with up-to-date costs and have accounted abundantly as construction costs and materials continue to rise. We will be launching our campaign this summer in 2017, and are hoping to receive foundational support, major individual gifts, grants, and event revenue.

Healing Gardens Project
Healing Gardens Project