Angie’s Garden Offers a Healing Place of Respite for Patients and their Families
Angie’s Garden is a unique feature of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Made possible through a generous gift from Char and Chuck Fowler and family, Angie's Garden and Angie’s Institute are named after the Fowler's daughter, Angie, who passed away just before her 15th birthday in 1984 after a courageous six-month battle with melanoma.
Open year-round, this 7,500-square-foot rooftop healing garden is a magical place where UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital patients and families can take a break from the clinical environment without leaving the facility. Visitors to the garden can relax under blue skies, breathe fresh air, and stroll amid rainbow-colored beds of flowers high above the city. The garden is a place to find peace, and to reconnect with nature.
Angie’s Garden is committed to organic practices, and is chemical/pesticide-free.
Highlights of this whimsical space include:
- A giant kaleidoscope with a rotating flower-filled planter at its base
- Colorful animal sculptures
- A variety of fragrant flowers, herbs and blooming trees
- A living vegetation wall and a grassy hill
- A glassed observation deck equipped with powerful binoculars, providing beautiful views of the surrounding Cleveland landscape
- Soothing nature sounds to further enhance the tranquility of the space
- Multiple comfortable seating areas, including an area underneath a rainbow-hued glass canopy
- A fairy garden, complete with tiny plants and flowers
- A fun scavenger hunt
- The tallest sunflowers in the city
- Cornhole, hula hoops and bubble-blowing
- Complimentary sunglasses and sunscreen upon request
Horticultural Therapy Suite
The Horticultural Therapy Suite, an indoor rooftop space adjacent to Angie’s Garden, offers patients a year-round place to enjoy nature-based activities. In addition, meditation and mindfulness classes are offered weekly. “Connection with nature is known to promote physical and emotional well-being, which can help the healing process,” according to UH Horticultural Therapist Alison McKim. “Angie’s Garden provides a peaceful place where patients and families can reconnect with nature, with each other, and with themselves.”