Edgerton Hospital’s Healing Garden to have New Direction

Landscape Professional, Mark Dwyer, Joins Edgerton Hospital

Edgerton Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Landscape Professional, Mark Dwyer, to its team. Mark’s position is part-time and will oversee all aspects of the hospital’s Healing Garden, including plantings, maintenance, and volunteer coordination.

Mark brings decades of landscaping experience, including 21 years as the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. In addition to running his own landscape company (Landscape Prescriptions by MD), Mark has taught landscaping courses at the college level and presented on various master gardener/horticulture topics nationwide. Mark continues to author publications on nursery management and various gardening topics. Mark holds his Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana.

When Edgerton Hospital decided to incorporate a Healing Garden at its new campus in 2011, Mark was hired to create and propose the initial design of the garden. “It's nice to come full circle and help with the further care and development of the space,” said Dwyer.

Edgerton Hospital’s Healing Garden is nestled behind the hospital in a serene setting that allows patients and visitors a chance to heal with nature. With hundreds of varieties of plants, extra-wide pathways, a calming pond, labyrinth, and a gazebo, Mark says that his team of veteran and newly recruited volunteers for the garden has priorities in place for how to reboot the garden. “We have already begun to define crisp, new edges for the planting beds. Our goal is to eliminate the perennials that have overcrowded and replace them with ornamental and beautiful non-spreading plants. The Healing Garden is such a relaxing, special place for patients and visitors, I’m honored to lend my expertise in keeping it pristine,” said Dwyer. 

Anyone interested in volunteering in the Healing Garden should contact Mark at mdwyer@edgertonhospital.com.  For more information, visit www.edgertonhospital.com.