Schneider Healing Garden
Mary and Al Schneider Healing Garden Provides a Quiet Space to Promote Physical and Emotional Well-Being
The Mary and Al Schneider Healing Garden offers patients, loved ones and visitors a quiet, outdoor space away from hospital rooms and treatment areas. Located next to the entrance of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, the Healing Garden is a gift from Robert and Cindy Schneider in memory of Robert’s parents.
The garden is open to all, every day from dawn to dusk. Its purpose is to help reduce the stresses of illness and hospitalization.
The Healing Garden encourages calm, comfort and relaxation. Here, you can spend time alone to think, rest and regain emotional and physical energy. It is also a place to gather with your family and friends to catch up on everyday life.
Noted landscape architect Virginia Burt has used nature and art to create this peaceful setting. Features include:
- A low wall separating the garden from the lively cityscape beyond
- Greenery comprising 120 plant varieties of trees, miniature evergreens, bamboo, flowers and shrubs chosen for their scent, color, structure and blooming times
- A wide, curving path winding through the garden to accommodate people with wheelchairs and walkers
- Plant beds displaying large original sculptures inspired by Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, and formations of natural materials
- Light displays highlighting the art and washing across the interior walls
- A labyrinth at the center of the garden that allows visitors to walk its spiral path for gentle physical activity that may improve heart rate, blood pressure and emotional outlook
- Plentiful benches, as well as tables and chairs in a secluded spot to invite sharing a snack or special events together
- Heated garden path and labyrinth for year-round use
- A location that is just steps away from UH Seidman Cancer Center
Ideas from our Patient and Family Advisory Council and our doctors, nurses and staff contribute to this unique place dedicated to the well-being of all who visit.
Visitors Can Find Calm and Peace by Walking Garden’s Labyrinth
The granite labyrinth is the heart of the Schneider Healing Garden. For thousands of years, people have walked labyrinths to find calm and peace, and it has been proven that walking a labyrinth at any age can lower a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. Visitors can walk through the labyrinth on their own, and guided tours are also available.
Those interested in taking a guided tour of the labyrinth should contact the health librarian at 216-286-4636.