Seattle Children’s is committed to providing a healing environment for patients and visitors, including awakening the senses through the cultivation of a lush landscape across the hospital grounds. During winter, the grounds team relies on the wintersweet plant (Chimonanthus praecox), known for its subtle and pleasing fragrance, near hospital entry ways to captivate a visitor’s sense of smell. The team believes that small touches, such as a wonderful scent or cheering flower in winter, all add up to a positive experience in one’s day to day encounters at the hospital. In the colder months of December through Mid-March, when most plants fade, the wintersweet provides the benefit of both a flowering bloom and fragrance. This translucent light yellow flower with purple inner petals is thriving and on display now at the hospital for all to see.

Watch this video with Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s: