September 15, 2008
By Wendy Harry

London chapter members came out shining at the official opening of Alex’s Butterfly Garden that graces the grounds of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.

A dreary, lifeless patch of grass was recreated into a wonderful garden filled with flowers that attract butterflies. Water bubbles over rocks, supplying soothing sounds and places to sit for those visiting the hospital. Alex’s Butterfly Garden is in honour of Prenatal and Infant Loss.

In the Spring of 2005, Gordon and Lesley Hart suffered the unimaginable loss of their third daughter, Alex. The Harts wanted to make a lasting difference at Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, through the creation of the Alex’s Butterfly Garden… a haven of healing, respite and reflection. In addition to reclaiming valuable green space, the fully accessible garden will allow the peace and beauty of natural surroundings to soothe and heal individuals in times of difficulty. See more about the garden at

Many thanks to the following members who helped to bring this garden to life through their donations of time and finances: Baseline Nurseries and Garden Center, Clintar Groundskeeping Service, Custom Rock Creations, Echo Power Equipment, Fisher Landscape and Golf Supplies, Great Lakes Lawn Care, Greenway Blooming Centre, Gro-Bark (Ontario), Hyde Park Equipment, Kernow Garden, Maglin Site Furniture, Mountview Landscaping, Oaks Concrete Products, Stihl, Stone in Style, TLC Professional Landscaping, TRY Recycling, Turf Care Products Canada, Unilock, Vafiades Landscape Architect, Valleybrook Gardens (Ont) and Van Horik’s Greenhouses.

A special thank you goes to Jay Murray, CLP, of TLC Landscaping and vice president of the London Chapter, who took this assignment above and beyond his volunteer duty. He played a major role in the creation of this garden. Without our members, this garden would not have come to life. We should be proud to have such active members in our chapter.

Left to right: Cheryl Campbell, Custom Rock Creations; Tim Cradduck, London Chapter president; Wendy Harry, London Chapter coordinator; Jay Murray, London Chapter vice-president, and Jerry Hakkers, London Chapter director.
Alex’s Butterfly Garden is now completed.