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The Therapeutic Landscapes Network is a knowledge base and gathering space about healing gardens, restorative landscapes, and other green spaces that promote health and well-being comprised of an international, multidisciplinary community of designers, health and human service providers, scholars, and gardeners. Its primary emphasis is on evidence-based design in healthcare settings.

 

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What is a Healing Garden?

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My colleague, Dak Kopec, asked me to write a piece on healing gardens for his forthcoming book, Environmental Psychology for Design, and he has graciously given permission to share it with you here on the TLN Blog. Dak is Director of Design for Human Health at Boston Architectural College and has written many books and other publications on the role of the environment in human health. Thank you, Dak!

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Tags:  Access to Nature  books  Healing Gardens 

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‘Therapeutic Gardens’ – Book review by Lisa Horne

Posted By Lisa Horne, Thursday, September 8, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

Collaborative and Compassionate Design – Guest post & book review by Lisa Horne of Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces

In Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces, Daniel Winterbottom and Amy Wagenfeld expand the conversation on therapeutic gardens and broaden the definition to many places beyond medical facilities and hospitals. This leads to the appropriate question of whether all gardens are therapeutic, which is answered generally with this quote from Robert Rodale: “Gardens are where people and the land come together in the most inspiring way.”1 This book, which recently won the 2016 Place Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association, recognizes its place in a growing body of literature and adds value to the discussion in its interdisciplinary nature and its challenge to the concept that therapeutic gardens are limited to certain places. As an occupational therapist, Amy Wagenfeld infuses the text with an empathy and warmth not often found in design books.

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Thursday, August 25, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 today!

To celebrate, you can visit one (or more!) of the NPS’s 412 parks for FREE from 8/25 – 8/28. Check out the terrific Find Your Park website to help you locate the nearest park and to see lots of great photos and stories. And why not leave a comment here about your favorite national park, or a story about a memorable NP experience? I’m sure you’ve got some great stories to share…

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Pokemon GO gets us outside, but then what?

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

I’m trying hard not to be an old fuddy-duddy, so please help me out. I want to hear from you about Pokemon GO (and other technology that gets people outdoors, but mostly PG). It’s only been around since Thursday, but the sensation seems to be sweeping the nation (or the world?), perhaps at a time when we could all use some positive distraction. It is summer, after all… And Pokemon GO does get people outside… kind of. Check out the official video:...

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Happy Solstice!

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Monday, June 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016


Photo by Henry Domke, henrydomke.com


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The Hero’s Journey as Healing Journey – Guest post by Dan Mallach

Posted By Dan Mallach, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

The Hero’s Journey as Healing Journey – Guest post by Dan Mallach

Landscape Architect Dan Mallach contacted me after he finished his MLA thesis, “The Folktale Journey in Healthcare Facility Landscapes,” and I suggested that he write a guest blog post on the subject. If you’re interested in the thesis, please leave a comment!

“The Hero’s Journey as Healing Journey: A Transformational Path for Healthcare Facility Landscapes” by Dan Mallach, RLA

“A healing is a spiritual journey” – Lewis Mehl-Madrona

In order to promote mental relaxation and physical recovery, many therapeutic gardens at healthcare facilities feature sense-pleasing designs with achievement/reward paradigms. While such designs have been shown to improve clinical outcomes, a design framework based on the landscape features of the archetypal Hero’s Journey of folktales may heighten their effectiveness, such that an individual may achieve a state of health that has been described by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

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Snapshots from the Chicago Botanic Garden

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Monday, May 16, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

It’s a beautiful day at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Day #6 of the CBG Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program. Today we’ve had presentations by Marni Barnes, Gwenn Fried, Nilda Cosco, and Clare Cooper Marcus; and Mark Epstein led a super discussion about “real nature vs. virtual nature” outside in the Walled Garden. Here are some snapshots from my walk today…

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Tags:  Chicago Botanic Garden  Horticulture  Spring 

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Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program – There’s still time to register!

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

Registration is still open for the upcoming Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program, and for the one-day seminar, “Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness.

Where else can you learn from top designers and scholars in the field, meet and work with a diverse array of talented and enthusiastic colleagues, and receive a certificate in Healthcare Garden Design, all on the grounds of the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden? Answer: Nowhere. You might even cuddle up to a giant Echium, as instructor Naomi Sachs did last year… Hope to see you there!

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Access to Nature DVDs – Spring Sale!

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

If you have not seen the terrific award-winning DVD series “Access to Nature for Older Adults”, this is your chance. To coincide with the Environments for Aging conference, this DVD series is being offered during the month of April at a significant discount (50% off!) for TLN members. We’ll be sending out an email on Tuesday, 4/5 to our members with a keycode to buy the discounted DVDs.

To join the TLN, just sign up for our mailing list. It’s free and you’ll get occasional newsletters, as well as discounts like these. On the right-hand side of this blog page, see “Get TLN Blog posts emailed to you!” Enter your email and click “Subscribe.” That’s it! But do it soon, the email with the keycode goes out on Tuesday, April 5th.

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Wordless Wednesday, 3/23/16 – Happy Spring!

Posted By Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

Wild honeybee and lemon blossoms. Photo by Naomi Sachs


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