Our Healing Garden

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The three year creation of our healing garden

29006898704_33f86aeeb6_k (2)When we moved into this building, our backyard looked like this. Asphalt and weeds.
A grant from Tompkins Trust was the catalyst to begin the creation of a Healing Garden.

29522029152_72a0f25804_o (2)Our back porch was being held up by a single post and some chewing gum.

29342748750_6fc3396407_o (2)Welliver Construction rebuilt our porch and installed the wheelchair lift. Andrew Gil of HOLT Architects did the design and shepherded the project through from idea to reality. A grant from the Triad Foundation funded the wheelchair lift, a grant from the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County funded the sidewalk construction, and support from the Ithaca SERTOMA Club provided lighting, painting, and many other key elements.

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29009098853_c7bd2dab9f_h (2)Lee Ginenthal taking a break after building the first planter.

Backyard Rehab 033Bob Munson of Land Maintenance Systems, Inc. removing the old shed.

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Garden4After installing the pergola and patio.


IMG_2045Renovating the garage into a three-season meeting space, thanks to a grant from the JM McDonald Foundation.
Gig Currier was our contractor

29611099582_d282ca9611_o (2)    BackyardSome of the many volunteers involved in this project.

IMG_1544We named our wheelchair lift the “Joy Ride” in honor of Joy Inman who was its first rider.
Pictured are Joy and her husband, Rich Inman.

GroupThe ceremony to mark the completion of the back porch.

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LeeLee Ginenthal

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