The Story of Saving Prouty Garden

Filmmaker, Michael Bavaro

The Story of Saving Prouty Garden A Project of Filmmakers Collaborative

About this film:

PRODUCER: Michael Bavaro

In 1956, Olive Higgins Prouty became the benefactor of a sacred healing garden, known worldwide as the Prouty Garden, at the famed Boston Children's Hospital. The agreement was that the garden would exist "as long as there are patients, families and staff to enjoy it." Sixty years later the Prouty Garden is being replaced by a new billion-dollar complex.

What began as an online petition by the Friends of the Prouty Garden blossomed into a four-year movement to persuade the hospital to use one of their many alternate location plans that protected the Prouty Garden.

The story is told by the Friends of the Prouty Garden, health care providers, patients, parents, and experts in healing gardens who deliberate on the issues of pediatric wellness and the vital role of nature in healing.

The film honors the history of the Prouty Garden and provides a sobering look at how the economics of health care can affect the core values of the medical profession.

Your Support:

The film will honor the history of the Prouty Garden and the visionary work of Olive Higgins Prouty. It will bring awareness to the importance of healing gardens in hospital settings in the hopes of preventing a situation like this from ever happening again. In order to complete the film in a timely manner, we need your support. For your tax-deductible contribution, you will receive a tax receipt from our 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Filmmakers Collaborative.

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Thank you for your continued support. We will be updating this page as the film progresses.

Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) is a tax-exempt organization that has been providing low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent media makers since it was founded in 1986. It is now the grantee of record for hundreds of media projects across the country. Our mission is to sponsor and support the independent media community through fiscal sponsorship as well as offering programming opportunities that bring people together for learning and networking.

Supported by 4 Donations:

  • Anne R.
    I Gave $25
    For Karen D'Amato who continues to advocate for Prouty Garden and all that it has given.
  • Karen  D.
    I Gave $40
    What happened to Prouty Garden should never happen again to any other hospital healing garden or adjacent plot of land. This story is vital.
  • Susan P.
    I Gave $100
    For Karen D'Amato, who is still giving and caring for Prouty Garden, on her birthday.
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $25
    In honor of Karen D'Amato's birthday.