Molly’s Garden

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“She would have loved it. She would have loved that everyone else is getting so much joy out of it,” says George Goodwin when asked how his wife Molly would feel about the new Molly Bliss Goodwin Garden at David Simpson Hospice House.

George was so moved by his and Molly’s hospice experience that, after her death, he became a David Simpson Hospice House hands-on volunteer. Additionally, George knew that he wanted to make a significant gift in memory of Molly—something lasting and beautiful. After discussing options with development staff, George decided that creating a memorial garden was the ideal way to honor his wife while bringing solace and pleasure to others.
To plan a garden reflecting Molly’s personality while working as a therapeutic space, designers Lu Little and David Wells asked George about the garden he and his wife shared as well as his reflections on accompanying patients into the gardens. From those conversations a design emerged.

The Molly Bliss Goodwin Memorial Garden is sheltered by pine trees and anchored by a Dawn Redwood. It incorporates warm sandstone walls and a stacked stone fountain. A peaceful shade garden on one side and sun-loving knockout roses on the other provide color and contrast; a wheel chair or bed easily fits on the stone patio. Bright, beautiful Koi, a gift of Aquarium Development Corporation of Chesterland, Ohio bring the pool to life. Molly would have been especially delighted with the fish.

As George said before the garden dedication, “Molly wasn’t fancy and she didn’t like a lot of attention; she was just a wonderful woman.” Thanks to the generosity of George Goodwin and his family, the garden dedicated to Molly’s memory is a wonderful addition to our landscape.

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