The Virginia Thurston Garden

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Virginia Thurston’s garden cascades down the hillside, in islands of shrubs and perennials, using the natural assets of the land and punctuated by magnificent tree specimens. Each island is beautifully designed for a long season of complementary bloom and for foliage textures and colors.

A large gazebo (sometimes used for group therapy meetings) sits on a promontory, offering vistas, fragrance from nearby wisteria and tree lilacs, and delightful perennial groupings. Throughout the garden are places to sit and enjoy a view or study plants close up.

In one of the few level areas are formal beds with a prized collection of peonies and irises, in season.

At the top of the hill is a meditation garden, developed by the Thurstons as Ginny learned to use meditation and other integrative therapies to alleviate symptoms of her cancer and its treatment. Asian influences include the Japanese maple, bamboo fencing, and the large quartz rock that glows when sunlight strikes it just right. The meditation garden also contains many native plants.

Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors and the owner-residents of the property, this garden is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 9am–5pm, to Healing Garden clients and friends. It involves some steep terrain and uneven footing, so please wear appropriate footwear. There is limited handicap access.


“ I consider The Healing Garden an invaluable and rich resource for my cancer patients. The support and nurturing they receive at the Garden go far beyond what most cancer centers are able to provide.”

Jon S. DuBois, M.D.

Medical Director, Chair,Cancer Committee, The Msss General Cancer Center
at Emerson Hospital-Bethke, Concord, MA

You are a person, not a disease, and you can live well with cancer, and beyond. We are here to help you.

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