Garden for Wellness

You don’t always need to go to great lengths for a dose of rest and relaxation. Sometimes, you can find it just down the block.

The Lourdes Wellness Center, a prong of Lourdes Health System—which promotes wellness and spirituality for healing—opened a meditation garden last fall next to its satellite location in Collingswood at 1049 Haddon Avenue. The building is called the Little Portion of the Lourdes Wellness Center and offers massage and holistic body treatments plus a Spirituality Center.

But you don’t need to be spiritual or into holistic medicine to enjoy the garden. Designed by the Amazing Tree Landscape Artists, the mediation garden is a small wonderland located just steps from the street. It includes a fountain, garden, lots of benches and stone pathways, and it’s free and open to anyone at any time. I like sitting by the fountain at night and can almost forget that I’m only blocks from my home. If I go to the back portion of the garden, which is covered by a canopy of trees, I can’t even hear cars driving by. It’s a great break spot on a hot day when I’m out walking my dog.

I’m not much into meditation, but a beautiful garden within walking distance of my house that’s free? That I can believe in.

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