Phase 2 Underway at the St. Catharines Hospital!

Fulfilling a Rotarian's Dream

Clarice West Hobbs, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore and Chair of the Club's World & Community Service Committee, had a dream of establishing a beautiful garden at the St. Catharines Hospital site, where patients and staff could enjoy a brief respite. With her untimely passing in 2020, the Club decided to support her dream by developing The Clarice West-Hobbs Contemplative Garden to be located along the entire west-facing facade of the hospital building. For more information on Clarice, please see her Profile in the section below.
Phase 1 Completed - Phase 2 Underway!
With the support of the Niagara Health Foundation; building maintenance personnel from BGIS; hospital staff and stakeholders; Gauld Nurseries Ltd.; Rain Your Way Sprinkler Systems and Landscapes by Bill Nieuwenhuyzen, an extensive perennial garden has been created along the west wall of the hospital that has started to fulfill Clarice's vision. The Garden's centre and midpoint features the "Labyrinth", an area of etched circles on the concrete used by Mental Health at the hospital to recognize patients as they make “their Journey back to Health”.
Phase 2  has continued that work with Sitting Rocks installed in the grassed/treed areas between the sidewalks and the service roadway, supported by complementary plantings.
Please click the LINKS below for a walking tour of Phase 1 and the latest issues of our Garden Newsletter!

Contact Us

For more information on the Clarice West Hobbs Contemplative Garden, Contact Committee Chair Eric Jones.