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Trillium Garden of Life at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

October 13, 2018

In the summer of 2005 the Garden of Life was a blank slate.  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) decided to create a rock garden to commemorate organ and tissue donors and their families in the region. It was at that time that hospital volunteer and Master Gardener Carole McCollum was asked if she could design such a garden that would honor them as well as provide an area of quiet and beauty for patients, families and staff.  Enlisting a large crew of volunteers and with donations from many organizations in Thunder Bay, the work began.  As with many gardens, it has been an ongoing project that continues to evolve.  Donations from individuals, as well as from Landale Gardens, My Blooming Business, the Volunteer Association and the Trillium Foundation for much needed garden supplies have helped keep the garden alive. 

Photos below show that transition of the garden from 2005 to present day that have involved a large number of volunteer hours.  Volunteers are always needed, and called upon 3 or 4 times per season, with the most work required in the spring for cleanup and planting of the donated annuals.  The goal of the garden is to provide patients, families and staff with a beautiful and quiet outdoor area within the confines of the hospital walls. 



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If you are interested in volunteering at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in the Garden of Life please apply at Volunteer Services, room 2000 or online at

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