by: Contributed photo Evelyn Schmidt and her grandson, Sam Barkley Jr., present a gift on behalf of the J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation to Peggy Soriano, volunteer with the Gresham Area Healing Garden Tour.

Healing from an illness or surgery takes more than the work of doctors and medications, a peaceful spot to rest and recover can also be helpful.

The Mount Hood Medical Center Healing Garden has provided this for patients since 2009.

Though largely sustained by volunteers, the 10,000-square-foot garden needs some outside financial assistance as well. The second Gresham Area Garden Tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, will help raise funds for maintenance and additions to the healing garden.

'There's so much new research about how significant healing gardens are in people's recovery. Even just being able to look outside at it,' said Peggy Soriano, who is chairwoman for the Garden Tour.

This year's committee has already raised $3,000 with the help of J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co., which matched the $1,500 raised from community donations.

'It's really nice seed money,' said Nancy Buley, director of communications with J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co.

The tour will feature seven different gardens: the medical center Healing Garden, four private residential gardens, the J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Arboretum and the display gardens of Iseli Nursery.

People can take a guided tour of the healing garden in the morning and a self-guided tour of the other local gardens and nurseries. On-site volunteers will answer questions.

'A garden tour is great for anybody interested in any kind of gardening to get out and get some great ideas of things they can apply in their own garden,' Soriano said.

To purchase tickets, which are two for $25, go to the medical center gift shop, Al's Garden Center or Drake's 7 Dees Garden Center, or call Peggy Soriano at 503-622-6860 or Teresia Hazen at 503-413-6507. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the healing garden.

For more information on the featured gardens, visit

If you go

What: Garden Tour to benefit Mount Hood Medical Center Healing Garden

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Where: Healing Garden, 24800 S.E. Stark St., Gresham, four private gardens, Al's Garden Center, J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Arboretum and Iseli Nursery.

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