Members of Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity volunteered their time to implement the planting phase of the Healing Garden Project. The purpose of the Valley Healthcare Healing Garden Project is to provide a garden environment to promote healing, rehabilitation and to improve the quality of life for patients and the community. Furthermore, the Garden is designed to aide in the healing process for the whole person; body, mind and spirit by engaging all of the senses. The garden consists of a variety of shrubs, annuals, perennials and a soothing water feature. The beautiful paver walkway is lined with benches, tables and shaded areas.
Mrs. Kathy Wolfe, Community Affairs Liaison for Valley Healthcare Systems, Inc. met with the Zetas several months ago regarding this project. Ms. LaShun Scott, a Zeta and member of the Valley Healthcare Board coordinated this project for the Zetas and Sigmas because of the organizations commitment for volunteering in the community.
The planting plan was developed with the assistance of local nurseries, UGA School of Horticulture and Muscogee County Extension Service. Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Mr. Dewayne Joyce, Master Gardener with UGA Extension Service planted shrubs and flowers on Saturday, October 18th. After a long day of work we were all ready to spend a little time resting in the healing garden and enjoying the fruits of our labor.