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Vivian’s Garden, Halifax Hospice

Project: Vivian’s Garden, Halifax Hospice
Location of the Project: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Client: Halifax Hospice
Company: Outside! Planning and Design Studio
Geographical Coordinates: 44.651070 N  -63.582687 W
Member(s) of APALA Who Worked on the Project: Sue Sirrs, Jamie Clarke


The contemplative garden at Halifax Hospice was designed to create a beautiful outdoor space for guests, family and staff as a refuge during end of life care.  Outside! Planning & Design Studio designed the landscape plan, working closely with Anne Sinclair Architects and the design team to ensure a seamless integration of indoor & outdoor experiences. Trim, the landscape contractor, did an amazing job with the installation.

With thoughtful attention to detail, Outside! combined native & ornamental plantings with existing mature trees and custom site furnishings.  Integral to the design was the donation of a stunning sculpture by the family of late artist, Ian Day Startup, which forms the focal point of the garden. A water fountain surrounded by Japanese maple and forest grass creates a backdrop of sound allowing private conversations throughout the space.

The garden is a tribute to the love and support offered by family, friends and the skilled medical professionals who help others pass on from this life with dignity.

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