Choosing purpose for the garden space
Therapeutic Gardens A therapeutic garden is designed for use as a component of a treatment program such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. A garden can be described as being therapeutic in nature when it has been designed to meet the needs of a specific service user or population. It is designed to accommodate client treatment goals and may provide for both horticultural and non-horticultural activities. A therapeutic garden may exist on its own as an extension of an indoor therapeutic program area or it may be part of a larger healing garden.
Therapeutic gardens are specifically designed to address a variety of applications within healthcare, rehabilitative and other therapeutic settings.c garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. Interactions can be passive or active depending on the garden design and users’ needs. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens.
What makes a garden therapeutic? The basic features of a therapeutic garden can include wide and gently graded accessible entrances and paths, raised planting beds and containers, and a sensory-oriented plant selection focused on color, texture, and fragrance.
Healing Gardens Are generally associated with hospitals and other health care settings and are plant dominated environments. A healing garden is designed as a retreat and place of respite for clients, visitors and staff to be used at their own desire.
Horticultural Therapy Gardens A horticultural therapy garden is a type of therapeutic garden; it is designed to accommodate client treatment goals, but it is primarily designed to support horticultural activities. A horticultural therapy garden is also designed in such a manner that the clients themselves are able to take care of plant material in the garden.
Restorative Gardens A restoration or meditation garden may be a public or private garden that is not necessarily associated with a health care setting. This type of garden employs the restorative value of nature to provide an environment conducive to mental repose, stress reduction, emotional recovery and the enhancement of mental and physical energy. The design of a restorative garden focuses on the psychological, physical and social needs of its users
Heal earth collaborate with health practitioners, well being organisations, horticultural therapists to create beautiful spaces that accommodate people with a wide range of abilities. While these gardens may represent the ideal, successful horticultural therapy programs do not depend upon elaborate garden design. Likewise, a professionally-designed therapeutic garden without a horticultural therapy program is unlikely to deliver to its full potential.
To find out how we can help you transform your space to therapeutic garden or site get in touch with Heal Earth for a initial consultation meeting and quote.