New Gardens Will Be a Place for Restoration and Relaxation

Published: Monday, August 01, 2016

Not only are there plenty of opportunities for Passavant Community residents to live abundantly inside the Abundant Life Center, but soon they will be able to enjoy new gardens outside the building as well.

"These gardens will be a place for friends and family to gather in fellowship, where healing and hope are offered," said Jane Bittcher, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundaiton. They are expected to be completed in September so that they can be enjoyed this fall.

The South Garden, located in the rear of the building, will include a pavilion, pond, pergolas, benches and a fire pit. The garden will retain the Alice Osborn name, as it was called previously, and the original fountain that stood outside of Olde Main before it was demolished, will be resurrected into the new landscape of the garden.

"We wanted to maintain some of the items that our residents have come to love," Bitcher said.

The North Garden, which has been named the Albert A. Bittcher Family Garden, will have a gazebo, benches, shuffle board court, bocce ball, and a horseshoe pit.

Funding for the gardens has been provided through generous donations from friends of Lutheran SeniorLife and Passavant Community, including $125,000 from the George H., Lillian S. and Mary S. Campbell Foundation.

"Daily, and for a very long time, the staff and supporters of this institution have carried on their ministry to the elderly in Christ's name," said John Harmon, representative of the Campbell Foundation. "We at the Campbell Foundation are pleased to be able to help adorn this ministry with these new gardens. May they always remind us of God's promised guidance and blessing on the good work of this noble institution and its dedicated staff."

He continued, quoting the Bible, "...and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry, the Lord will guide you always: he will satisfy your needs. You will be like a well-watered garden..."

"Gardens restore the soul," said Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Community. "We want these to be our own Garden of Eden, where residents can come and find peace."



Ken Spruill (left) and John Harmon (center), George H., Lillian S. and Mary S. Campbell Foundation; Laura Roy, executive director, Passavant Community; Lance Whiteman (right), chairman, Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation board of directors celebrated the groundbreaking for the gardens at a ceremony in June.



Jim Cunningham (left), Lutheran SeniorLife board member and part of the Trinity Music Group, performed for residents, staff and friends who attended the groundbreaking and luncheon.

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