Healing gardens: design processes and realizations of beneficial environments

Clare Cooper Marcus, Renata Valente


Having defined the topic and its related management effects in the healthcare environment, this paper reports considerations of specific design processes, including evidence-based design, Integrated Healthcare Strategies, participatory practices and post occupancy evaluation. Landscape of Italian examples follows before a case study of three Californian healing gardens dedicated to cancer patients, linked to a survey of this category of users’ needs in such spaces. Conclusions report the reflection of practical implications deriving from studying North American examples, underlining the opportunity for audit and certification of therapeutic gardens, as well as the chance to export them outside health infrastructures for social needs.


EBD Evidence Based Design; POE Post Occupancy Evaluation; Californian case study; Italian healing gardens; Horticultural Therapy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Techne-16120

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