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Healing Gardens at the Cone Health Cancer Center and Wesley Long Hospital

Healing GardenTwo acres of natural area adjacent to Cone Health Cancer Center & Wesley Long Hospital are being transformed.  Vision and inspiration to create the new Healing Gardens has come from a group of community volunteers and Cone Health leaders who recognize the benefits of nature to enhance the capacity for healing.

Landscape architect, Sally Pagliai was inspired to donate well over 200 hours of time, as a result of the care her husband received at the Center.  Mary Magrinat, a cancer survivor and her husband, local oncologist Dr. Gus Magrinat, are chairing a community campaign to raise $1.2 million for the Wetland and Meditation Gardens, the first of which is now open.

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For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 336-832-9450.

Phase 1 - Wetland Garden


  • The Wetland Garden will respect varied topography, foster biodiversity and restore natural stream and habitat.
  • Decks and patios in the Wetland Garden will allow for expansion of the healing arts and support programming (such as yoga, meditation, journaling, painting and horticultural activities)  to new outdoor spaces .
  •  A Community Garden with planting beds will be used by staff nutritionists for teaching about nutrition and well- being during treatment. 
  • The design incorporates a 6’ wide wheelchair accessible boardwalk and path through the wetland garden.

Phase 2 - Meditation Garden


  • A new meditation Garden Terrace, accessible from the ground level, will offer lovely views shaded by an Arbor and cooled with ceiling fans. 
  • The Tanger Labyrinth will be enhanced, along with the creation of a natural water feature, flower garden and Japanese Maple grove.
  • A garden path will curve through the garden with stepping stones to the labyrinth and smaller secondary paths to explore.
  • Interesting areas for reflection and rest will be located throughout the Healing Gardens.