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Healing gardens make hospital stays a walk in the park - via @bglive

What's Happening from Environmental Building News Healing Gardens Make Hospital Stays a Walk in the Park The therapeutic "Discovery Garden" is the centerpiece of an expansion at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. By Paula Melton What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “hospital”? A lush, sun-dappled garden buzzing with hummingbirds, or a cold, institutional interior? For those of us who thought of the latter, the therapeutic landscaping movement is aiming for a change—and it’s finding more and more synergies with medical science, sustainable design, and the budgetary realities of the healthcare industry. What makes a garden “therapeutic”? Both controlled experiments and observational studies have proven that access to nature can relieve stress and pain and speed recovery (see "Biophilia in Practice ," EBN July 2006). Even a landscape pa...

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