January 26, 2012 Edit
Portland Memory Garden Celebrates a Decade of Achievement
Press Release, February 2012
The Portland Memory Garden in southeast Portland will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a two-day event called Founders’ Day.
On Saturday, June 2nd from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden will sponsor a panel-discussion seminar at Good Samaritan Hospital that will include a keynote address by Susan Rodiek.
On Sunday, June 3rd the Friends will host a celebratory open house in the Portland Memory Garden from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., which will include guided tours, free nature crafts, music, and refreshments. Both events are open to the public, though registration is required for the Saturday Seminar.
The Portland Memory Garden, located off S.E. Powell at 104th Avenue, was designed to meet the special needs of those with memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and to provide respite for their caregivers. The garden was dedicated in May 2002 and is one of eight “memory gardens” in the U.S., and one of only two built on public land. Last year the Portland Memory Garden was chosen as the recipient of the annual Therapeutic Garden Design Awards sponsored by the American Horticultural Therapy Association.
The Friends of the Portland Memory Garden is a non-profit organization formed in 2008 that, along with Portland Parks and Recreation and the help of volunteers, maintains the garden.
The Friends also sponsors regular activities led by registered horticultural therapists and geared to those with memory disorders and their caregivers.
Participants will earn 6 HSW PDH’s if they participate in the entire days events.