In 1998, as Doylestown Hospital celebrated its 75th anniversary, administrators and board members envisioned the transformation of the hospital’s 56 acre campus into an "Arboretum Woven into a Healing Environment" for the mind, body and spirit. Carter van Dyke Associates the landscape architects designed the Arboretum with seven different gardens that patients, staff and visitors could enjoy over the four seasons.
The arboretum is adorned with a bronze dancing crane sculpture by sculptor Greg Leavitt. The sculpture was designed to inspire patients and all who come to Doylestown Hospital, especially those who are receiving treatment in the Cancer Institute overlooks the pond. In Asian cultures cranes are a symbol of longevity. A nature cabin, constructed at handicap height includes binoculars and bench and is located at the pond's edge, adjacent to this garden.
Throughout the arboretum there are gardens filled with azaleas, rhododendrons and perennials where patients and families can walk through or sit, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Across the bridge there is a natural wetland garden with a large bird blind installed by local Boy Scouts for their Eagle projects and bench.
In 2002, a medicinal trail was incorporated into the arboretum with plants located along the walkpaths and labeled to identify the species and include information on their medicinal value.
Woodland plants, trees and shrubs surround a fiberglass mule named "Curious George" and "First Lesson" bronze sculpture.
A wildflower walk is an area with an abundance of colorful gardens throughout the summer and can be seen while driving, using the bike/hike trail or viewed from the surrounding parking lots.
All of the gardens have been funded and are maintained through donations. We welcome financial support from individuals, community businesses, clubs and organizations to grow the Arboretum.
Contributions are welcome at all levels. Donating a memorial garden, contributing to the purchase of plants, shrubs, trees, sculpture and benches are all ways to be a part of the Arboretum.
A Donor Walkway is located outside the Hospital's Main Lobby. Donations of $100.00 - $2,499.00 are acknowledged with brick pavers engraved with wording of your choice.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Doylestown Health Foundation at 215-345-2009 to explore Arboretum giving opportunities.