What makes a garden a healing garden?

I've heard the term "healing garden" more and more lately, particularly in relation to new or renovated health care facilities. At first take, it may seems a little obvious that any garden in a health care environment could be called a healing garden.

Or as a friend of mine asked when she heard I was writing about this topic, "Isn't every garden a healing garden?" Perhaps.

But in the world of landscape design and landscape architecture, there is an evolving set of practices that are specific to the purpose of helping visitors feel better in mind, body and spirit. There is even research to support the idea that outdoor spaces, drawing on certain design concepts, can deliver more than the usual benefits of a pretty garden bed along a winding path.

To learn more, and to learn of two new locations where these ideas are under construction, please read my latest article for The Day community papers, "Finding Your Medicine in the Landscape."

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