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Health Benefits of Gardens in Hospitals

Posted on 25/10/2020

The belief that plants and gardens are beneficial for patients in healthcare environments is more than one thousand years old, and appears prominently in Asian and Western cultures (Ulrich and Parsons, 1992). During the Middle Ages in Europe, for example, monasteries created elaborate gardens to bring pleasant, soothing distraction to the ill (Gierlach-Spriggs et al., 1998). European and American hospitals in the 1800s commonly contained gardens and plants as prominent features (Nightingale, 1860).

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The positive effects of greenery in healthcare institutions

Posted on 03/10/2020

The positive effects of greenery in healthcare institutions

Greenery in and around nursing homes, hospitals and other clinics is good for the climate inside and outside the facility, and has a positive effect on patients’ state of mind and recovery, as well as the general well-being of patients, staff and visitors. This document provides information on the benefits of greenery on recovery and well-being in the healthcare context, including references to scientific literature. It concludes with some tips on how to ensure the successful and beneficial inclusion of...

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What Are Healing Gardens?

Posted on 16/07/2020

What Are Healing Gardens?

Why are some gardens called healing gardens, when it seems as though all gardens (and nature) are intrinsically appealing and beneficial to humans?The term healing gardens is most often applied to green spaces in hospitals and other healthcare facilities that specifically aim to improve health outcomes. These gardens provide a place of refuge and promote healing in patients, families, and staff.  Any environment can promote healing, but gardens are particularly able to do so because humans are hard-wired to find nature engrossing and soothing. By clicking here, you will be redirected to the...

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