What are the benefits of recover more quickly and use less
Healing Gardens? pain medication than those who look
What is a Healing Garden? Studies show that patients
at a wall or building. Prison inmates
A healing garden is whose cells overlook greenery are
who view a natural setting will
one which provides a sanctuary to less likely to get sick than other
rejuvenate and restore both mental Provide paths wide enough for prisoners. Healing Gardens can be
and emotional health. This in turn a wheelchair to turn around in; used passively, by people walking
can lead to improved physical a minimum of five feet. and sitting in the garden, as well as
health. It is an outdoor space for Ensure that path surfaces are actively by people working in the
retreat, meditation and healing. firm, smooth and provide garden and tending to the plants.
traction to wheelchairs and IV
Where do you find Healing Create a change in texture at What is different about a
Gardens? the edge of the path for people Healing Garden than any
They are often located at with low vision. other garden?
hospitals, seniors homes, prisons, Make the layout easily Healing Gardens are adapted
and hospices. understandable to minimize
so that they cater to a specific
Offer a variety of seating audience. Some examples of
What types of Healing choices, both those that can be possible adaptations are outlined
Gardens are there? easily moved and those that are here:
Healing Gardens are often sturdy and stationary.
designed with a specific set of users Select plants that engage all the
senses. Use a variety of Wh
in mind. These users can include
textures, scents, and colours.
psychiatric patients, hospitalized
Avoid thorny and toxic plants.
children, seniors, people with Include a water feature; its
Alzheimer’s, the visually impaired, sound can be very soothing.
and the physically challenged. Incorporate raised beds,
hanging baskets, table planters
and pots to accommodate
gardeners of all abilities.