A total of Six (6) Sitting Rocks have now been installed by Landscapes by Bill Nieuwenhuyzen at the St. Catharines Hospital site on March 21 to augment the existing trees and two bench/pergola combinations between the sidewalk and roadway. Each Rock has been situated to allow view of the majority of the Clarice West Hobbs Contemplative Garden against the hospital walls.

The supplier has gone above and beyond in support of the Garden. Not only was the quote set at their base cost but when the original “Test Rock” (approximately 2 feet deep x 4 feet wide by 18 inches high) arrived, owner Bill Nieuwenhuyzen felt larger rocks were required for proper seating and visual impact due to the slope. He then supplied rocks approximately twice the size at no additional charge! And, he has also given a direct donation to the Garden above and beyond any work performed (as have other suppliers to date Gauld Nurseries Ltd. And Rain Your Way Lawn Sprinklers). Please support and recommend these firms when the need arises.
The rocks are available for dedication for a donation of $1,500 per rock as part of our recently launched Phase 2 fundraising campaign. Donations will be recognized with an appropriate plaque on the Rock location selected as well as on the overall Phase Donor signage.
Similar to the Phase 1 Fundraising Campaign, Phase 2 offers:
  • Donations in any amount are welcome.
  • Donations of $100 or more recognized on our virtual Donor Wall.
  • Donations of $250 or more acknowledged on Phase 2 Recognition Plaque at the Hospital Garden site.
  • Tax Receipts will be provided for all donations over $10.
  • Sponsor a "Sitting Rock" at a donation level of $1,500 each!
For complete details on Clarice herself, the Garden Plans, and to donate, click here to go to the Clarice West Hobbs Contemplative Garden website.
To view the first three editions of the Garden Newsletter, click here.

Sitting Rock Locations at the Garden

Sitting Rock in position.
Two Sitting Rocks on the South entrance.
Two Sitting Rocks on the North entrance.
Two Sitting Rocks on either side of the circular Labyrinth.