Honour, Hope and Healing

L to R: Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Tauba Spiro, David Spiro, Paul Alofs

The Max Tanenbaum Healing Garden, created for patients and their families and the staff of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, officially opened on Monday, November 10, 2014.  The opening ceremonies included a ribbon-cutting, lovely music themed on colours of the rainbow and words of appreciation delivered by Marnie Escaf, Vice-President of University Health Network and site leader for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Susan Clarke, Nurse Manager for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

Located on the 14th floor atrium space, the chief requirement for this garden was ‘no maintenance’.  The result is a garden that uses the cultivated patterns of formal French gardens and incorporates the artistry of hundreds of beautiful hand-blown glass flowers enclosed by an artificial boxwood hedge.  The walls surrounding the garden feature decorative panels that add another visual dimension and unify a garden rich in colour, creativity and natural forms.   In the words of one patient, “It is a reminder that life is beautiful.” 

The garden was created under the direction of the Princess Margaret Garden Project Steering Committee which is made up of representatives from the Leadership Team, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Social Work and Public Affairs.  The Committee chose Janet Rosenberg & Studio as the architectural firm to design the garden and manage the construction and assembly.

On hand for the opening was Tauba Spiro, daughter of Max Tanenbaum, and her son David. 

The Max Tanenbaum Healing Garden is a display of honour, hope and healing and it a tribute to the many loved ones who have been affected by and lost to cancer.  Many donors to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have made the creation of the garden possible by dedicating a flower to a friend or loved one.  The garden viewing area will display the names of all donors and their dedication.   

If you would like to dedicate a flower in the garden to a loved one, please visit our healing garden page.