Therapeutic Landscapes An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-21
  • Publisher: Wiley

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This comprehensive and authoritative guide offers an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation. It provides general guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects, as well as patient-specific guidelines covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer's patients, among others. Sections on participatory design and funding offer valuable guidance to the entire team, not just designers, while a planting and maintenance chapter gives critical information to ensure that safety, longevity, and budgetary concerns are addressed.

Author Biography

Clare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering research on the psychological and sociological implications of the design of housing, public open space, and restorative landscapes.

Naomi A. Sachs is founder and Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She is currently pursuing a PhD in architecture at Texas A&M University. Naomi writes and lectures frequently about the restorative benefits of nature.

Table of Contents



1 Introduction

2 History of hospital outdoor space

3 Theory, research, and design implications

4 Types and locations of therapeutic landscapes in healthcare

5 The participatory design process, by Teresia Hazen

6 General design guidelines – Guidelines applicable to all categories of healthcare facilities

7 Children’s hospital gardens

8 Gardens for cancer patients

9 Gardens for the frail elderly

10 Gardens for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

11 Hospice gardens

12 Gardens of mental and behavioral health facilities

13 Gardens for veterans and active service personnel

14 Rehabilitation gardens

15 Restorative spaces in public places

16 Horticultural therapy, by Teresia Hazen

17 Planting and maintenance considerations for therapeutic gardens, by Marni Barnes

18 Sustainability: The intersection of therapeutic and sustainable landscapes

19 Financial considerations: The business case and funding for therapeutic gardens

20 Evaluations of therapeutic gardens: What they can teach us


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