Education, research, and evaluations are necessary tools for balancing human needs with those of nature. SPROUT offers resources to inform and facilitate the design process with our clients.
Location, location, location! This class looks at how different locations and user groups affect the design process for healing gardens. Four different gardens at one healthcare facility provide examples for a variety of design approaches that reflect the different populations they serve: Emergency room patients, cardio rehab patients, nursing home patients, cancer support groups and visitors.
Case studies include:
A healing garden near the acute center entry that is visible from the cardio rehab center and staff offices. This space is well used by visitors and by staff for outdoor meetings. This garden was funded by a donor that has also funded an escrow account for maintenance.
A garden lobby at an emergency room that was funded within a capitol budget as part of an emergency room expansion. This sheltered outdoor area is visible from indoors, provides comfortable seating areas, vending machines, a soothing water feature and a variety of tropical foliage.
A series of outdoor spaces at the nursing home/rehabilitation facility facilitate family visits, exercise and rehabilitation activities. The community has supported this garden, including a grant from the town of Jupiter, Boy Scout Eagle projects as well as individual donors for smaller garden projects.
A garden at the Cancer Treatment Center includes a labyrinth, butterfly and fern garden as well as sheltered outdoor meeting areas. Focus sessions with staff and support groups identified desired garden features. This garden, used by a variety of support groups, was funded by donations.
Topics include: funding, donor participation opportunities, staff input, support group input, programming, research opportunities, design elements and post occupancy evaluations.
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