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Garden of Hope

The Garden of Hope is a place for patients at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and their loved ones to find peace and serenity outside of the hospital. The Gainesville community and UF Health joined forces to help provide a place to honor survivors, caregivers and people who have been affected by cancer. However, this healing garden could not have been completed without the thoughtful contributions of so many donors who care about the people fighting cancer.

This garden is symbolic of the thoughtful quality of care patients receive at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Located on the southeast side of the cancer hospital grounds, the garden provides relief to the senses through its use of water, sunlight and natural foliage. As visitors stroll down its intertwining pathways past gardens, trees and a pond, they have time to pause, reflect and heal.

The Garden of Hope is also host to many events throughout the year taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. From small receptions to a wedding ceremony, the gardens provide a beautiful background to any occasion.

We hope you understand that there is still much work to be done, and you can still become part of the Garden of Hope. You can remember or honor a special person or occasion by purchasing your own piece of the Garden of Hope. The following monuments are available for purchase in the garden. Click the Garden of Hope Purchase a Monument button to order your monument today.

Bench Dedication

Your bench will provide a place to rest and reflect. We will recognize your gift with a plaque on a bench. Your plaque can include a message up to 4 lines and 20 characters per line. Limited number of benches are available. Click the Garden of Hope Purchase a Monument button to order your monument today.

Donation: $5,000 (may be pledged over 3 years)

Tree Dedication

Your tree will provide shade and comfort. We will recognize your gift with a plaque in front of a tree. Your plaque can include a message up to 4 lines and 20 characters per line. Limited number of trees are available. Click the Garden of Hope Purchase a Monument button to order your monument today.

Donation: $5,000 (may be pledged over 3 years)

The Honor Wall

Upon entering the garden, your plaque will be part of the Honor Wall providing a cornerstone of support and hope. We will recognize your gift with a plaque on the Honor Wall. Plaques on the Honor Wall vary in size and can include a message up to 4 lines and 20 characters per line. Click the Garden of Hope Purchase a Monument button to see plaque sizes and order your monument today.

Donation: $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 depending on plaque size (may be pledged over 3 years)

Paver in the Garden

Pave the way to healing for the mind, body and spirit. We will recognize your gift with a paver. Pavers vary in size and can include a message 3-4 lines and 14-20 characters per line. Click the Garden of Hope Purchase a Monument button to see paver sizes and order your monument today.

Donation: $100, $250, or $500 depending on paver size