letters | hospital’s revered site faces the bulldozer

Prouty Garden’s value cannot be measured on a spreadsheet

I want to thank Thomas Farragher for his piece about the last-ditch hope to save the Prouty Garden at Children’s Hospital, even if it’s a million-to-one shot (“Doctors say fight for the ‘soul’ of Children’s Hospital isn’t over,” Dec. 19). If 125 professionals at the hospital have been unable to alter the decision to bulldoze this garden, what difference could one more unimportant voice like mine make?

I’m sure decision-makers have lined up their reasons for not locating new heart and neonatal centers elsewhere, such as the large open space right down Longwood Avenue in front of the Harvard Medical School.


The value of the Prouty Garden is felt mostly by sick children and their parents — not a very powerful group. My daughter, not someone I would have labeled a naturalist, admitted that she never found tulips so lovely as the ones she saw in the Prouty Garden. She understood at a very deep level that they would be the last she would see before she died. How can that value to my daughter then, or to us now, be entered into a spreadsheet?

Entomologist Edward O. Wilson has it right when he says that this decision will put the hospital on the wrong side of history.

Carole Sutherland, Falmouth

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