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Marshall Unveils Stone Garden Designed To Brighten Spirits

Marshall Unveils Stone Garden Designed To Brighten Spirits

Marshall, El Dorado County’s largest healthcare provider, has unveiled its new “Smiling Stones Garden,” a unique and colorful space featuring stones painted by employees from across the organization.  

The Smiling Stones Garden is located near the East Entrance to Marshall’s Placerville hospital. The project was designed to foster a sense of community and positivity and to make the grounds “reflect the beauty in the hearts of each member of our organization,” according to organizer Jeffrey Hunter of Marshall’s education department. Each of the more than 150 individual stones in the garden was artfully hand-painted by a member of Marshall’s staff, including doctors, nurses, and administrative and support staff. The stones feature a variety of colorful designs, from vibrant patterns and healing messages to artistic depictions of nature and our community. Members of El Dorado County’s Girl Scout troops also stepped forward to contribute painted stones.

“Each member of our team brings their own healing spirit to work with them every day, “ said Siri Nelson, Marshall’s president and CEO. “This creative garden is a way to highlight their individuality, compassion, and shared dedication to our patients and our community. Together, their artistry visually reflects Marshall’s commitment to a supportive and healing environment, and to an elevated experience for everyone who comes through our doors.”

The brief unveiling ceremony was held in the afternoon of Thursday, June 13 and attended by Marshall’s leadership, staff, and Girl Scouts members. Following remarks by Nelson, the scouts’ color guard recited the Pledge of Allegiance, raised the flag over the garden and stood by during the official ribbon cutting.

Marshall invites the community to visit the Smiling Stones Garden to experience the beauty and spirit of hope it brings. The garden is open to patients, their families, and the public during regular visiting hours.