Healing Gardens

Healing Gardens for Hope and Awareness

Healing gardens are spaces to promote recovery from illness, to provide an improvement in overall well‐being. These gardens incorporate both the physical and spiritual. This is nothing new... gardens have been used from ancient times as a place for healing. Now, in the last few years, gardens are being planted at hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices because patients tend to recover faster and require less medication.

Gardens are being planted at schools to allow students with disabilities to socialize with their typically functioning peers. Sensory gardens have a variety of plants that engage the five senses and goes beyond that. With physical limitations in mind, gardens can be designed to help improve motor skills and allow disabled children to play with their peers.

Some gardens are planted to honor persons whose lives have been touched by a specific illness, promoting awareness and providing information on prevention, detection, and treatments. Other gardens have been planted to provide healing of the heart. The actual planting and caring for the garden by a grieving parent can comfort in a special way, honoring the child while reflecting on happy memories…and hope for a future day.

Lush greenery abounding, beautiful flowers and trees, a water feature, fluttering butterflies, chirping birds, and all other sorts of nature’s sounds can make a garden, whether large or small, a place of peacefulness and reflection. Stress and anxiety are reduced. Healing can occur.

For more information, or to submit photos and project descriptions, contact:
Carcille C. Burchette,
Chairman: Healing Gardens for Hope and Awareness

Donna E. Smith, Vice‐Chair