News Analysis

Healing Gardens Make Hospital Stays a Walk in the Park

Healing gardens make hospitals more humane and contribute to healing and sustainable design-as well as the facility's bottom line.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “hospital”? A lush, sun-dappled garden buzzing with hummingbirds, or a cold, institutional interior? For those of us who thought of the latter, the therapeutic landscaping movement is aiming for a change—and it’s finding more and more synergies with medical science, sustainable design, and the budgetary realities of the healthcare industry.

Published April 30, 2012