Guest Book
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Kernan Healing Garden Guestbook - OU04D4

 UMMS Kernan Hospital

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 39° 18.853' W 76° 42.479' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Maryland
 Cache Type: Guest Book
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 08 July 2012
 Date Created: 08 July 2012
 Last Modified: 20 September 2014
 Waypoint: OU04D4


{{found}} 2 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 1 Comments
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1 x Rated
Rated as: N/A
{{recomendation}} 1 Recommendation
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Bring Your Own Pen Available in Winter Limited Hours Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

The Healing Garden at Kernan Hospital provides a unique environment for patients, families, staff and visitors. It has been designed as a therapeutic tool for teaching our patients how to deal with physical challenges as they transition into the community, and renew interest in the leisure activity of gardening.

This unique therapy opportunity enhances patients' cognitive and physical skills for maneuvering around their home and community environment once they leave the hospital. It offers visitors and families space to relax in a beautiful, quiet, natural setting. Employees can explore personal needs for relaxation or revitalization in a quiet, contemplative setting.

Studies have shown links between patients' physical enivironments and their ability to manage pain and heal. Utilizing this harmonious balance between body and mind, the garden stimulates one's visual, auditory and olfactory senses through the choice of plants, sound and color.

Various ground patterns and textures were incorporated to challenge patients' mobility skills and prepare them for their return to the community. The garden works in tandem with western medicine, imbuing it with beauty, serenity and a more holistic apporach.


You DO NOT need to enter the hospital to get to the garden.  When I entered the hospital and asked about the garden at the front desk the person manning the desk said you needed to be a patient or have other business at the facility to access the garden.

THIS IS NOT CASE, HOWEVER.  Per the qualifications for the TKD grants, the space must be open and accessible for a reasonable amount of daily usage that will effectively activate and accommodate the community within the parameters of the vision the project was conceived. Dawn to dusk is usual and customary. Some grantees have added lighting to extend usage times.

Still, you won't have to worry about any confusion about this, if you use the listed parking coordinates.

Logging Requirement:  Visit the site in person.  Sign the TDK Guest Book found under the bench at the listed coordinates.  You will also need to enter a Log Password to claim this cache.   Locate the informational sign that titled "Welcom to the Healing Garden at Kernan Hospital".  Look at the plan of the garden.  There are three words desribing area "F".  The middle word is the Log Password.

Photos of your visit are also greatly appreciated.

This bench and journal was placed as part of the Sacred Spaces program of theTKF Foundation, which has helped develop such places in the Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis areas.

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Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Parking AreaN 39° 18.865'
W 76° 42.440'
 Parking - Rear of Hospital - You won't need to enter the hospital, itself. 


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Log Entries    {{found}} 2x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 1x      New Log Entry

1 14 July 2012 Recommendation sfcchaz Found it

I've been to several of these Guest Book caches and I think this one might be the best so far. Smile I'm recommending this cache. Sealed TFTC
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
sfcchaz at Kernan Healing Garden
sfcchaz at Kernan Healing Garden
Lilly Pond at Kernan Healing Garden
Lilly Pond at Kernan Healing Garden

1 11 July 2012 NativTxn Found it

FTF on a cache run with the owner. 9:57 am. Nice, peaceful place. Signed the guest book and even stamped one of my stamps there.

3 11 July 2012 DudleyGrunt Comment

Visited with NativTxn, today, on a beautiful morning.  Congrats on the FTF, 1500 miles from home!