Inspired by the continuing interest in nature and garden experiences in our community, the Memory and Brain Wellness Center is creating a memory garden for people living with dementia. Named Maude's Garden in honor of our late community member and advocate Maude M. Ferry, this memory garden is uniquely designed to enhance the lives of people living with dementia, as well as provide a relaxing, restorative space for all. The garden will serve as a spot for drop-in gardening, socializing, and nature-based activities, such as horticultural therapy. This memory garden, opening in March of 2022, is now under construction at the Memory Hub, located beside the Frye Art Museum.
The garden design process is ongoing and incorporates feedback from community members living with memory loss and care partners from a focus group in February of 2020, as well as lessons learned from the Garden Discovery Walks program of the MBWC/Seattle Parks and Recreation and a visit to our friends at the Portland Memory Garden.
What makes Maude's Garden a memory garden? We applied and built on the key features of therapeutic landscape design in our process of creating a garden for people living with memory loss and their loved ones. Learn more!
Thank you to the community members and philanthropists who have donated funds and plants in the early phases of the Memory Garden development:
Funds: Richard M. Ferry, Aaron and Gwen Colwell, Patricia Klingler
Plants: Karen and Rick McMichael, Bill Waldman, Mike & Lacy Gage of Blue Moose Farm in Salem, Oregon, Annika Noreen, Laura Westbrook, Jean Chen, Debbie Wheeler
Bench, Woodworking: Carl Westphal
What's Growing in the Garden
A big thank you to memory garden volunteers!
March 23, 2022
Thank you to volunteers Debbie Wheeler, Laura Westbrook, and Kyle Armour for helping us get the first plants into the ground!
What’s Growing in Maude’s Garden - March/April 2022
March 16, 2022
Curious about all those plants in the memory garden? Here's a guide for you!
It’s groundbreaking day for Maude’s Garden at the Memory Hub!
February 02, 2022
Yesterday at the Memory Hub was ground breaking - literally! Construction of Maude's Garden, WA State's first memory garden, started in full. We are thrilled to be working with local sustainable landscaping company Stone Soup Gardens on this project.
A Year in Virtual Garden Discovery Walks
January 27, 2022
In 2021, the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center and Seattle Parks and Recreation decided to continue the virtual version of the Garden Discovery Walk program, as a way to connect the memory loss community to nature and horticulture therapy during the pandemic. Peach Jack, horticultural therapist and MBWC intern, took the lead this year. She hosted and created the virtual tours of local gardens and the accompanying nature-inspired project designed for people to follow at home. This program continues to be possible because of generous, ongoing support from Family Resource Home Care.