Reflection garden dedicated in memory of cancer patient | Articles

In his final days battling colon cancer, Adam Koslosky and his family headed outside for fresh air and sunshine. But the only place to gather was near the entrance of Methodist Hospital. The setting was less than ideal. They had to deal with foot traffic and the sound of cars driving by.

After Koslosky died, his wife, Kathy, worked with the Methodist Hospital Foundation to install a reflection garden at the hospital near 84th and Dodge Streets. The garden fills in the green space between the hospital and the employee parking garage.

On Monday, the Koslosky family – along with hospital and foundation officials – dedicated the garden named for the family patriarch. The dedication took place one day after Koslosky’s birthday.

The space, which is wheelchair-accessible, offers seating tucked into a retaining wall, foliage and a water feature.

Koslosky, who died at age 61 on March 18, 2018, was diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2017. He spent three months at home before spending his final 39 days at Methodist.

One of his final requests was to feel the sun on his face and the wind in his hair.

After Koslosky’s death, his wife wanted to offer a place for other patients to spend time outside with their families.

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“It’s a community space, bringing together nonprofits that normally wouldn’t have a reason to,” said Andrew Bauer, director of finance and operation at the Nature Conservancy office nearby.

On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., the Nature Conservancy is hosting a discussion about the collaboration at the garden. The panel will feature staff from the Nature Conservancy, No More Empty Pots, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and the Bemis Center. Information can be found on the garden’s Facebook page.

The garden itself is a mix, too, of native perennials and several varieties of produce.

“It’s designed to look like rolling sand hills and paths, so we could do classes and gatherings,” said horticulturist Nancy Scott. “One whole section is native plants, with a lot of native Nebraska wildflower grasses. It’s just lovely now.”

At the heart of the vegetable garden is corn grown from seeds donated by Sacred Seed’s Keen, a member of the Omaha Tribe.

The corn is planted in a traditional manner, with sunflowers to protect the plants from the wind and beans providing potassium. Squash plants below shade the ground, keeping it moist and preventing weeds.

“Taylor is the keeper of some of the seeds; some of the strains are sacred to the Omaha Tribe,” Scott said.

Many more heirloom seeds have been used to plant all types of vegetables and even watermelon. There are all kinds of herbs and edible plants and three kinds of naturally colored cottons.

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