Essay Healing Gardens

Essay Healing gardens—places for nature in health care

“Healing garden” denotes a place, a process, and their intertwining. Consider first the place—a garden in a health-care facility. Most people’s idea of a garden would be a verdant place, dotted with flowers, nature in miniature symbolically and materially, a place that pleases the senses. Notably absent would be features that diminish the ability to enjoy and reflect on the surroundings—noise, crowds, threats, unwanted demands on attention. This consensual view of what does and does not belong fits many, though not all, of the gardens that now can be seen in health-care facilities, indoors and out. read the entire article

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