The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill celebrated the dedication of its brand new garden on May 30. The one-acre courtyard provides a peaceful oasis during one of life’s most challenging times, as families of seriously ill or injured children seek specialized medical care.
The garden was gifted in honor of Bob and Maggie Stout of Sedgefield, N.C. Elizabeth Hullender, director of philanthropy and annual giving at RMHCH, said, “Bob and Maggie have been committed supporters of the House and its mission since it first opened 30 years ago.”
The garden was designed by renowned landscape architect Chip Callaway of Greensboro, N.C. “The gardens of the Ronald McDonald House are designed to surprise and delight,” said Callaway. “There is even a ‘Grass Menagerie’ presided over by a twelve-foot-tall giraffe, while Momma and Baby Bears hold court over the playground.” Callaway’s work can be found from Nantucket and Long Island to Palm Beach and England, with the majority of the projects coming from the Carolinas and Virginia.
The “Grass Menagerie” of animals were first showcased at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in the UK, winning a Five Star Tradestand Award at the prestigious event. The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is the first garden in the United States to feature the innovative creatures.
View photos courtesy of Timmester Photography below.
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