Pittsburgh gardens devoted to young patients
From their daughter Noe's third-floor room in The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center, Sherry and Jason Ott watched young patients playing behind the hospital.
Noe died Dec. 2, 2009, just 5 months old, from a rare genetic disorder that caused heart complications. After Noe's death, the Otts decided to create a butterfly garden at the Lawrenceville hospital for other children in her memory.
"They'll be able to come and enjoy the butterflies and witness the evolution of life," said Sherry Ott, 36, of New Alexandria in Westmoreland County. She spoke on Wednesday before a dozen monarch butterflies were released to dedicate Noe's Garden of Hope.
Earlier, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh announced a $30,000 donation from the Kennametal Foundation for a children's planting garden, part of The Nimick Family Therapeutic Garden on Shady Avenue.
The institute offers an in-patient hospital for children, an outpatient clinic and a day school for children with neurological problems, including autism. The $1.1 million garden is part of a $30 million capital campaign to buy the building in Squirrel Hill from UPMC and expanding the facility and programs. The garden, which will be formally dedicated on June 18, features an interactive fountain, a wheelchair-accessible treehouse and a pavilion shaded by galvanized steel butterflies.
Elisa Stanley, a teacher at the institute, said the greenery helps her students, especially those with autism.
"The calming aspect is very important," she said.
"It's so pretty," said Gretel Krigar, 17, of Mars, a student at the institute's day school. "I like the flowers."
The Children's Home offers a 28-bed specialty hospital, an extended-care center for medically fragile infants and children, and units that prepare seriously ill children and their families for the transition to home.
The Otts remember Noe's strength and how mesmerized she was by the blue Christmas lights strung up on her crib by staff members.
"She had an incredible spirit about her. She had bright blue eyes that lit up the room," her mother said.
The couple provided the material, designed and helped plant Noe's Garden, which features plants such as veronica, autumn joy sedum and daylillies; a dogwood tree; and a daisy sculpture — a symbol for parents who have lost children.
Emily Harrick of Upper St. Clair visited the garden with her 5-month-old son, Ryder, who has a lymphatic disorder and has spent his entire life at nearby Children's Hospital and The Children's Home.
She said the garden reminds her that "it's just one step toward being close to home."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Bubble players get last chance to impress Steelers
- Steelers accomplish mission to get younger, faster on defense
- Locke struggles again early, Pirates lose again in Milwaukee
- Asking price for Penguins franchise said to be at a record $750M
- Roundup: U.S. bank earnings up 7.3% in 2nd quarter; IMF warns China slowdown threatens global economy; more
- Adrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crimes
- American to halt 2 direct routes from Pittsburgh International
- Pa. business interests decry EPA ozone proposal as economic albatross
- Family affair for Charleroi HOF inductions
- U.S. stocks bounce back from precipitous drop
- Western Pennsylvania schools’ denial of access to roofers prompts suit