first_imgFinding a place for quiet reflection and respite can be challenging under the bright lights of a hospital operating 24 hours a day. But this week, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center officials are unveiling a newly renovated space they hope will provide just that for employees, patients and visitors.Planters filled with fragrant flowers entice butterflies to flutter in the sunshine. Whimsical birdhouses painted purple, yellow, red and blue sit perched on posts surrounded by bright yellow and orange flowers. Water trickles down a wall of small tiles, pieced together to form a colorful backdrop for the running water.A labyrinth made permanent on the bricks with sky blue paint offers a space for contemplation. And a rocking chair under a small canopy tucked in the corner provides a private space to reflect.Standing in the middle of the new healing garden on a quiet late summer morning, it’s easy to forget the sanctuary sits atop the hospital’s second-floor roof and is flanked by towering walls of windows.“We are kind of in a fishbowl,” said Shirley Gross with the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation.But now, at least the space provides the people in the patient rooms overlooking the garden with bright colors and various textures, Gross said. This time last year, the garden was mostly concrete surrounded by bamboo and grasses in various shades of green.last_img read more