St. Joseph’s Medical Center Memorial Garden, Towson, MD

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 2,500 SF garden, enclosed in the heart of the original hospital, was overgrown and poorly drained. Heavy rains often flooded adjacent office space. MRA evaluated the existing garden and proposed a renovation plan.

A small bubbling pit, symbolic of a spring, was created as a source for the new rock-lined stream bed. Water from two recirculating pumps was introduced here and at several points downstream, so that the stream became gradually more active as it approached the restored pond. Concrete planting pockets were added to the pond to provide areas for aquatic planting for a more natural appearance and to help support natural organisms that naturally interact with the water to maintain a sustainable clear pond without filtration or chemicals.

This project received an “Award of Excellence” from the NAIOP, MD Chapter, in the Exterior Public Common Areas category.