Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope™: Honoring Service to Humanity through the Beauty of Nature #ThrowbackThursday

This brilliant yellow coreopsis grows in every climate where Mayo Clinic is located

The greenhouse at Mayowood, circa 1920s
The greenhouse at Mayowood, circa 1920s

At Mayo Clinic, we understand that enjoyment of nature can play a key role in the healing process. The Mayo brothers, Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie, grew up in the agricultural community of Rochester, Minnesota, and planned extensive gardens and greenhouses when they designed their homes in the early 1900s. Today, landscaping is a prominent feature at each Mayo Clinic location.

To recognize the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial in 2014, we looked for a flower that would grow at each Mayo site – Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida, as well as the Mayo Clinic Health System campuses in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Georgia.

Result: the Mayo Clinic Flower of Hope™. This brilliant yellow flower, a newly developed hybrid coreopsis, expresses the spirit of hope and healing which, in turn, supports our primary value, “The needs of the patient come first.”


Alyssa Frank

Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.