Dollies Garden dedicated
Dollie Lynch wasn’t able to take part Monday when a therapy garden was dedicated in her name at Southwest Washington Medical Center.Still, the Vancouver philanthropist had a chance to add her own touches to the layout before her death on Oct. 2. During a visit to the garden in September, Ed Lynch said, his wife had a suggestion.“She said, ‘You need some rhododendrons. And they’re in my yard,’” Ed Lynch recalled.So, three rhododendrons were transplanted from Dollie’s garden at home to the landscaped courtyard area now known as Dollie’s Garden.“This is a bittersweet moment,” said Joe Kortum, the hospital’s president and CEO.“This garden couldn’t be a more fitting tribute,” said Kortum. He then added, “On a personal note, it’s a very sad moment.”While it’s an outdoor garden, the courtyard — which measures about 30 feet by 60 feet — is completely enclosed by the hospital’s Family Birth Center. Work crews did not have the option of pushing wheelbarrows loaded with dirt and rock through the hallways of the birth center.Everything involved in the project — including supplies and equipment — had to be lifted from the parking-lot staging area, swung over a one-story segment of the birth center and lowered into the courtyard.“We had to go over the top of the building with a crane,” said Kelly Punteney, a Vancouver landscape architect who was part of the project’s management team.