Serenity garden spring planting complete

Courtesy photo Volunteers work a the OSF St. Francis Hospital Serenity Garden.

ESCANABA — Volunteers from Compassionate Friends, OSF St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, Master Gardeners Association, and OSF St. Francis Women in Philanthropy gathered Friday morning to take part in the Sixth Annual Serenity Garden Spring Planting.

“The Serenity Garden is more than just a beautiful garden on the hospital campus — it is a place that reflects the mission of OSF HealthCare. Our team of volunteer gardeners try to create a destination that is a tranquil respite for patients, families and staff,” said Sue Wanic, a retired RN from OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and an advanced master gardener.

Each year the volunteers provide something new to the garden. This year, container gardens have been added and made possible by the family of Marilyn Mayville, who passed away in December, 2015. She was a nurse at OSF HealthCare St. Francis for many years.

“We are very fortunate to have these passionate volunteers. They have really taken ownership for the Serenity Garden and made it what it is today. We’re thankful for what they are providing to our patients, visitors and staff,” said Dave Lord, president of OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.