Preserve Prouty Garden
  • Petitioned Boston Children's Hospital

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Boston Children's Hospital

Preserve Prouty Garden

    1. Anne Gamble
    2. Petition by

      Anne Gamble

      Lexington, MA

The Prouty Garden is a priceless treasure. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, it opened in 1956 as an endowed gift from Mrs. Prouty, who was a devoted friend and benefactor of Children's Hospital. Mrs. Prouty insisted on perpetually maintaining the garden "as a haven...for as long as Children's Hospital has patients, families and staff to enjoy it". Awarded a gold medal from the MA Horticultural Society in December 1958, it was recently featured in a Scientific American article (3/19/12) documenting the healing benefits of outdoor hospital gardens. Our garden was offered as the gold standard to which new hospitals should aspire.
Did you know that BCH is currently planning to bulldoze the Prouty Garden in order to build a new building? While alternate architectural designs that preserve the Prouty Garden have been offered, they are not deemed "as practical."  "Alternate green spaces" will be included in the building's new design, say the architects, but how can potted plants on a rooftop or solariums replace the towering dawn redwood, the hundreds of flowering plants, the fresh air and blue sky, or the pathways that nurture the spirits and healing of our patients, families and staff? For many, this garden is the spiritual refreshment that sustains us through another day of hospitalization, the weeks away from home or a long 12 hour shift.           Bulldozing the garden also violates our promise to Mrs. Prouty and the intent of her generous gift.

We do not have to choose between hospital expansion and the garden. Let's pursue other architectural options and save the Prouty Garden's beauty,  healing and heritage. It is priceless.

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    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Prouty Garden Update

      Anne Gamble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings.....I hope my recent communication(s) have not been too confusing, but the bottom line is that the Garden is in real danger of being demolished, and your presence at meetings, and letters, may be the only hope for saving it. Instructions are laid out in my previous postings.

    3. Prouty garden Update, continued

      Anne Gamble
      Petition Organizer

      The next public hearing on the Garden is scheduled for July 9 before the Boston Landmark Commission (BLC). All interested parties are encouraged to attend the public hearing to express their views on the proposed demolition. You May submit written comments prior to the BLC hearing if you are unable to attend. Send to: Boston Landmarks Commission, Boston City Hall Room 805, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201 or fax to (617) 635-3435 or email a PDF with signature to Elizabeth.Stifel@cityofboston.gov
      If you have any questions regarding the Article 85 process or the BLC public hearing, please contact Elizabeth Stifel at (617)635-3850.

    4. Prouty Garden Update

      Anne Gamble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings all,
      This is an extremely important notice regarding the future of the Prouty Garden. I urge all of you to read the notice and either appear in person and/or send letters to the person designated at the end of this communication. It appears that there is a big problem, and that is the employees who love the Garden dare not oppose the demolition of it for fear of losing their jobs.. The preservation of this beloved Garden may rest with ALL of you.

      Prouty garden Update.
      Demolition Planning continues. Public Hearing scheduled for July 9...

      Boston Children's Hospital continues to obtain permits for the destruction of the much loved Prouty Garden and the historic Wolbach Building in order to construct a large clinical building on the sites. Charles Weinstein, VP of Real Estate at Boston Children's Hospital, reports that the official decision to build has not been made formally; however architectural planning is well underway.
      (rest of notice on a new post)

    5. Prouty Garden Update

      Anne Gamble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings all,
      This is an extremely important notice regarding the future of the Prouty Garden.
      I urge all of you to read the notice and either appear in person and/or send letters to the person designated at the end of this communication. It appears that there is a big problem, and that is the employees who love the Garden dare not oppose the demolition of it for fear of losing their jobs. The preservation of this beloved Garden may rest with ALL of you.

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    6. Reached 5,000 signatures
    7. Prouty Garden

      Anne Gamble
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings everyone!
      It is the first day of Spring and a good time to think about the Prouty Garden.
      This beautiful healing space is still in danger of being destroyed, and we need each of you who have signed the petition (4,514 persons) to get 5 more people to add their names and comments. This will make our efforts all the more powerful and persuasive towards showing the importance of this unique garden, and why it must be preserved.

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • ellen gilliam PORTLAND, ME
      • 3 months ago

      Open space outdoors is essential to healing.

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    • Nicole Dunleavey MIDLOTHIAN, VA
      • 3 months ago

      This is a beautiful garden and is so helpful to the children! Don't tear it down!!

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    • Jack Manoli NEEDHAM, MA
      • 3 months ago

      My baby's lunch spot

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    • Tim Zenchenko AUSTIN, TX
      • 3 months ago

      Our daughter spent first 5 weeks of her life at Boston Children's Hospital, and the Prouty Garden is where she first experienced the outside world.

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    • Catherine Marenghi MARBLEHEAD, MA
      • 3 months ago

      Historical legacy from Olmsted is priceless.

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