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Health and Wellness

A garden or landscape can be healing – focused on improved health and/or respite as a goal – or therapeutic, focused on more specific and intentional health outcomes. There is growing recognition that visual and physical access to plants, natural sunlight, fresh air and animals are correlated to better health outcomes. For scientific evidence about this, check the Resources page for recommended books and links. These measured outcomes are validating what seems obvious, and clearly it takes time for research to catch up with the pace of growth and change.

Where healthcare institutions have embraced the concept of healing and therapeutic gardens, the result has been a significant rise in the quality and satisfaction of the healthcare experience. Just as we now know that the mind and body are inextricably connected and the placebo effect is real, we also know that the physical, mental and spiritual benefits found in the beauty of nature and gardens give us pleasure, calm and a renewed sense of hope. Our immune system responds with healing.

Health and Wellness