Depicted in this historic image was one of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's community flower gardens that was maintained by the hospital staff. However, much of the picturesque landscaping was cared for by hospital patients, some of whom were quite adept at gardening. Being that the patients were for the most part quarantined, and therefore, sequestered from the surrounding society, participation in outdoor activities such as gardening, was enjoyed by all patients, as well as staff members.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012
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