Ken Saiki Design served as the lead designer for the Gardens of St. Mary’s Hospital. A steering committee of hospital administrators, plant operations and the hospital’s foundation was formed to assist Ken Saiki Design in developing a program and design for the garden. Ken Saiki Design led several focus groups including the building architect, pastoral care, public relations, nursing, grounds, security and rehabilitation services staff.
As a direct reflection of the inclusive programming process, the gardens are complex, providing multiple functions for a wide variety of users. The historic entry arch forms the gateway from the neighborhood pocket park and aligns with the center-point of the garden, the labyrinth. Surrounding the labyrinth one can stroll the circular path lined with diverse seating areas – the pergola-covered terrace, council ring and elevated west patio. The backbone of St. Mary’s care is reflected in the five values planters. Each circular planter is named – Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Stewardship and Community. The viewing gardens near the building windows are rich in plantings with water features of bubbling stones and stream channels. The bi-level patio spaces offer seating and gathering near flowing water and specialty evergreens. The Gardens of St. Mary’s Hospital provides a healing environment that offers physical and psychological benefits to its users and viewers.
2010 Best New Development or Renovation for Health Care from Madison’s In Business Magazine
2011 Best in Category Remodel or Renovation from Healthcare Design Magazine
2011 Merit Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
-Video: The Gardens of St. Mary's
-Video: Janesville Couple Wed in the Gardens of St. Mary's
Design Team: Ken Saiki Design, landscape architecture, civil engineering; Findorff, general contractor; Bruce Company, landscape contractor
-Client: St. Mary's Hospital