Garden of Hope gives a unique experience to Huntsville Botanical Garden

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A garden dedicated to cancer patients and their families is giving visitors a unique way to reflect on what it means to suffer from the disease.

Inside the Huntsville Botanical Garden there's a garden just as beautiful as the others, but perhaps more meaningful. At a dedication Sunday at the Botanical Garden that meaning was shared.

Dr. Paul Dang works at Clearview Cancer Institute. CCI is sponsoring the garden and instilled its own unique touch. "We've separated the Garden of Hope into three separate gardens, the garden of strength, the garden of courage and the garden of faith and it's just in honor of the patients and their families and the struggles they go through in their fight against cancer," Dr. Dang says.

The garden staff partnered with the institute to decide what visitors should experience. The result is bursting with symbolism. "The purpley-blue is the color for cancer survivors and the white and yellow were just bright fresh colors that we thought would be a good contrast, and we also planted thyme which is for courage and strength and vitality," Botanical Gardens Vice President of Advancement Cynthia Potts says.

Rosemary also is scattered throughout as a symbol of remembrance.

Another addition is an interactive experience for visitors to embed their thoughts into the garden, by writing a memory on a stone and leaving it for others to see.

Overall the Garden of Hope is just that. "Honoring our patients and the struggles that they go through," Dr. Dang says.

Honoring those still fighting and those whose memory we'll always cherish.

The garden opened in 2006 as a horticulture therapy program, where cancer patients and their families were able to help with the garden as a movement of hope.

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