Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation – the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute – City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the United States. The City of Hope community includes research associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers, and an extensive support staff, united by their mission to find cures, save lives, and transform the future of health. With a dozen locations throughout Southern California, City of Hope's reach brings premier care to many local communities.
City of Hope dedicated its latest healing garden in January 2015, thanks to the generosity of the Argyros Family Foundation. Positioned between treatment and research facilities in City of Hope's Duarte campus, the garden is designed to promote feelings of emotional, mental, and physical well-being for patients visiting the garden. The Argyros Family Garden of Hope is also intended to be used for community gatherings including weekly farmers markets and other special receptions. Pierre Landscape's involvement in the project spanned from demolition to furnishing the garden's final touches. Crews began by demolishing the existing landscape, hardscape, drainage, and lighting features, preparing the site to be amended and graded. Additional trenching was required to install updated drainage and irrigation features. Next, crews installed over 3,000 shrubs and ground cover plants, nearly 70 trees in 24" and 48" boxes, sod, and mulch, followed by areas of decomposed granite, gravel, and cobble. Finally, crews furnished the site with benches, tables, and chairs. Pierre collaborated with other subcontractors to install concrete features including a reflective pool that provides a serene and restful atmosphere to visitors to enjoy. The Argyros Family Garden of Hope joins City of Hope's other beautiful outdoor spaces – the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, Pioneer Plaza, and the Sculpture Garden – in encouraging patients to connect with nature throughout their journeys of healing.