Register Star reports on new Ipsen Conservatory

The Ipsen Conservatory at Rosecrance's Griffin Williamson Campus.
The Ipsen Conservatory at Rosecrance’s Griffin Williamson Campus.

In Saturday’s Rockford Register Star, columnist Geri Nikolai wrote about the new Ipsen Conservatory, which recently opened at Rosecrance’s Griffin Williamson Campus:

“Anyone who has worked a garden knows the feeling of peace it brings.

“Whether you spend an afternoon tending valuable roses or pulling weeds from a carrot patch, you finish the task with a serenity that life doesn’t always provide.

“Teenagers are experiencing that at Rosecrance’s adolescent treatment center on Rockford’s far east side. Their treatment program always included daily use of the seven-acre Healing Garden, a small Japanese garden designed by the same landscaper who did the world-renowned Anderson Japanese Gardens on Spring Creek.

“Now the teens also will learn, and heal, in a 23- by 33-foot conservatory on the roof of the residential center for alcohol and drug abuse treatment. The $500,000 conservatory, which overlooks the Healing Garden, was funded largely by donors, including Susan Ipsen for whom the Ipsen Conservatory is named.”

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