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Community garden sprouts at PAH

21 April 2017

Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital has connected back to nature with the addition of a free community garden for patients, visitors and staff.  

The Princess Alexandra Hospital community garden has sprung to life thanks to the hard work and generosity of staff.

Radiographer Renae McBrien who championed the project and spent hours weeding the space during her free time said it was worth the effort. 

“Previously the space was a bit of a neglected area. Now it’s a thriving garden filled with herbs and vegetables,” she said.

Renae said the organic garden was designed to be interactive, so patients and staff could connect with nature. 

“Hospitals can be sterile and cold. The garden offers a different organic environment where patients and staff can come and pick fresh vegetables, smell the herbs, do a little weeding, or water the garden,” she said.

“Anyone can come and get some lettuce for their lunch, or pick some parsley on the way home to add to their dinner.”

The garden features a number of herb and vegetables staples such as basil and mint, along with some more exotic plants.

Operational Services Officer Alan Wong donated a Snake Bean plant which is found throughout Asia.

 “The Snake Bean plant is a great addition to the garden because it’s easy to grow and also expensive to buy here in Australia. The beans normally cost $10 a kilogram to buy from the shop so it’s worth it to grow your own,” he said.

“I have Malaysian and Chinese heritage and it’s nice to share a bit of my culture with the hospital. I hope everyone enjoys the beans and maybe look up some interesting new recipes to try them in.”   

All patients, visitors and staff are invited to enjoy the garden, located near the Radiology Reception, Level 1, Building 1. Plants that are ready to be picked are signed.

If you would like to donate a plant please email:

Last updated 15 December 2017
Last reviewed 21 April 2017

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