About Saving Prouty Garden

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. 


Dear Friends and Supporters:

Last October, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health granted Boston Children’s Hospital the “Determination Of Need” required to move forward with the construction of a new complex on top of the Prouty Garden.  In December, the Dawn Redwood tree was cut down and the garden has since been leveled.

Friends of the Prouty Garden are working with filmmaker, Michael Bavaro, to preserve the memory of the Prouty Garden in a new documentary film. For two years, Michael has recorded our efforts to save the Prouty Garden and has interviews and testimonies from experts on both sides of this very public debate. 

In order to complete the film in a timely manner, we need your support.  Our first round goal of $50,000 will enable us to complete all filming and continue the editing process. To date, we have secured 18% of our goal and are seeking Matching Friends in the amount of $5,000 each to reach our goal.

For your tax-deductible contribution, you will receive a tax receipt from our 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Filmmakers Collaborative. 

To be a Matching Friend or to donate in any amount, please go to: https://filmmakerscollab.networkforgood.com/projects/29274-filmmakers-collaborative-current-projects-the-story-of-saving-prouty-garden.

To donate by check, please make it out to Filmmakers Collaborative and include Prouty Film in the memo area.

Filmmakers Collaborative
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Melrose, MA 02176
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Thank you for your continued support.  We will be updating this page as the film progresses.