Over the past decades scientific studies in health care centers have shown that being around nature has powerful healing potential. Being surrounded by trees, and flowers, breathing fresh air, listening to the sound of birds, and stepping foot outdoors allows us a sense of freedom, which satisfies, fulfills, and heals us. Green areas contribute to physical, emotional, and spiritual well being, enabling faster recovery and improving the quality of life for both patients, and employees at healthcare facilities.
In 1980, Swedish Doctor Roger Ulrich, one of the most prominent doctors in his field, and co-founder of the Center for Health Systems and Design at the University of Texas A&M, published a study titled “View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery.” In this study he
mentioned, “Observing a garden can accelerate recovery from surgery, infection, or other discomforts.”
Following his study, in 2009, Esther Sternberg, internationally recognized author, and a neuroendocrine immunologist, wrote: “Healing Spaces: The Science of a Place and Well-being .” Here she wrote, “Only three to five
minutes of observing spaces dominated by trees, flowers, or water help reduce anger, anxiety, pain, and induces relaxation and changes in blood pressure, muscle tension, and electrical activity of the heart and brain.”
Healing gardens provide psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. The healing powers of nature should not be considered a luxury, but rather a necessity.
We provide healing gardens for health care facilities.
Through community involvement including patients, family members, and medical staff, we design the green area (considering the needs and expectations), and collaboratively execute our six steps to creating a healing garden.
In order to successfully create a healing garden, we collaborate with the health care facility and other organizations, including nonprofits and for profit organizations, to create a well-rounded, professional, and economically sustainable project.
6 steps to executing a healing garden:
1.-Assess Existing Conditions
2.-Community Collective Design
3.-Landscape Architecture Design
5.-Community Building and Execution
6.-Sustainability Planning and Maintenance