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Merrimack Valley

September 27, 2013

Healing Garden cleanup and labyrinth planting

The Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley together with various local volunteers and interested citizens will be leading a cleanup and labyrinth planting this weekend at the TIP Healing Garden and Brenda Waller Way at Schruender Park on Riverview Boulevard (at the end of Calumet Road) in Methuen.

The group will be installing 120 juniper shrubs along the paths of the 30-foot, six-circuit labyrinth at the healing garden located within the park at the end of Jayson Road.

Dr. Jayan Marie Landry, co-founder and director of the Andover-based TIP, along with Lindsay Waller turned their dream to create a community healing garden into reality following Brenda Waller’s battle with cancer in 2006.

Landry says former Methuen Mayor Bill Manzi was instrumental in the project, allowing the garden to be cleaned and memorial benches installed in phase one of the project. From there, Ruth Ann LeHane continued the effort with Joe Giarusso and members of the Methuen Conservation Commission, moving the effort to its final stages, including the completion of the garden labyrinth.

This weekend’s cleanup and planting will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at the garden.

Volunteers should plan on bringing gloves, rakes and shovels. The group will be picking up trash and broken branches, raking the pathways and beautifying the garden area, and planting the dwarf Irish junipers, a blue-gray, hardy variety being shipped from Oregon that will eventually grow to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide in 10 years.

Next spring, TIP will install stones in between the juniper shrubs as well as plants and stones to form the organization’s logo within the labyrinth,

For more information on the cleanup and planting or the healing garden, contact LeHane at 978-886-2571 or ruthannlehane@gmail.com. For more on the TIP program, visit www.traumaintervention.org.

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