Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces by Daniel WinterbottomTherapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces by Daniel Winterbottom

Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces

byDaniel Winterbottom, Amy Wagenfeld

Paper over Board | May 19, 2015

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“For those who believe in the healing power of nature, or those who are interested in the history of therapeutic garden design and philosophies, Therapeutic Gardens is a great resource and a fascinating book.”NYBG’s Plant Talk

In Therapeutic Gardens, landscape architect Daniel Winterbottom and occupational therapist Amy Wagenfeld present an innovative approach that translates therapeutic design principles into practice. This comprehensive book uses examples from around the world to demonstrate how healing spaces can be designed to support learning, movement, sensory nurturance, and reconciliation, as well as improved health. This important book sheds lights on how the combined strength of multiple disciplines provide the tools necessary to design meaningful and successful landscapes for those in the greatest need.
Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington and earned his MLa from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Daniel's research is in landscape as a cultural expression, ecological urban design, and healing/restorative landscapes built in the environement. His firm, Winterbotto...
Title:Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing SpacesFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:Timber PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1604694424

ISBN - 13:9781604694420


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Introduction The routine of a typical weekday morning is interrupted, our attention caught by conversational voices on the radio. The intimate stories told by these anonymous people cause us to smile, to marvel, and sometimes to weep. Public radio employs the simple yet enduring medium of storytelling to illuminate and awaken. As they unfold in all their individuality, the stories we hear there—of resilience, acceptance, and devotion in the face of adversity—communicate the human struggle to overcome inequity, trauma, illness, or even fate; they draw generations together, to preserve the roots of a culture and nurture a sense of pride and belonging; they reveal a deeper understanding of human experience and document the power of place to shape our perspectives and life journeys. In listening, not just hearing, we bear witness to extraordinary displays of empathy, compassion, strength, courage, determination, and forgiveness. Each emotionally inspiring story illustrates the depth of humanity, rekindled by trying circumstances. In the course of our work, we have discovered similar stories, stories shared while in the garden, by those with cancer, HIV/AIDS, physical challenges, or mental illness; by veterans, inmates, or the homeless; by the survivors of ethnic cleansing and torture; by the elderly facing the end of life. Each and every storyteller offers poignant examples of what nature means to him or her. It is what therapists hear and witness every day in the garden from those experiencing trauma, injury, and illness. Shared through intimate conversations, these stories provide motivation to design and evaluate therapeutic or healing gardens, to document further their benefits, and to educate people about them. The garden is sanctuary, a place to grieve and escape, to regain focus, hope, and strength, or to reconnect with family or one’s former self. These gardens are not only relevant for those in hospitals, senior care facilities, or medical clinics; they also serve populations in need at schools, prisons, and community gardens.   Gardens can and do restore our state of health. They have the capacity to restore the body, mind, and spirit; and based on a growing body of evidence-based research, this can be said with conviction and proof. If being in a garden positively contributes to the healing and restorative process, who is it that needs a therapeutic garden and why? Many people who have experienced the benefits of gardens and nature will tell you that everyone needs a therapeutic garden. Others believe that people who are clinically unwell in body or mind are the only ones in need of a therapeutic garden. We believe that everyone needs easy access and proximity to nature and deserves this sacred connection that affords significant health benefits. Humans are hardwired to connect with the natural world. We have an evolutionary need to affiliate with nature. Originally, it was key to our survival; it is now part of our humanity. While everyone needs and deserves safe, easy, and unencumbered access to healing nature, we return to a central question: is every garden a therapeutic garden? For now, consider this simple yet eloquent quote: “Gardens are where people and the land come together in the most inspiring way” (Rodale 1987). Some key words here—“people,” “land,” “come together,” “inspiring”—will factor significantly in ongoing discussions about therapeutic gardens and the lives of those who are nourished by them. Being in nature has the capacity to bring people together, mediate social strife, renew one’s energy and capacity, and nourish the senses. As humans, we find inspiration and consolation in nature; we grow stronger, learn, reflect, and refocus in the refuge it provides.  

Editorial Reviews

“This incredible book has that rare combination of beautiful design and applied therapeutic science, which together make it a complete, balanced, and valuable resource.” —Charles Christiansen, Executive Director of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation “Beautifully illustrated and clearly written from a cross-disciplinary perspective. . . . an outstanding contribution to the field of therapeutic garden design.” —Reuben Rainey, FASLA, Co-director of the Center for Design and Health at University of Virginia “Expertly captures the art of designing therapeutic gardens.” —Teresia Hazen, Coordinator of the Therapeutic Garden Program, Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon “Demonstrates how a thoughtful and imaginatively designed garden can assume its rightful place alongside the cadre of helping professions, offering relief, respite, and even repair for what ails the mind, body, and spirit.” —Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, Philip H. Knight Professor Emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Oregon “From private to prison gardens and gardens for veterans, immigrants, and the homeless, this richly illustrated landmark introduction to therapeutic living spaces will inspire gardeners of all kinds to think more deeply about the holistic and healing potential of their spaces.” —Booklist “The authors clearly demonstrate the value added by infusing the design, from its initiation, with input from the garden’s potential users. . . . Anyone directing the establishment of a garden in a public space will find these strategies for inclusive design useful.” —Library Journal “For those who believe in the healing power of nature, or those who are interested in the history of therapeutic garden design and philosophies, Therapeutic Gardens is a great resource and a fascinating book.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk  “This well-researched and written, fact-based handbook is full of advice for anyone new to therapeutic garden design—definitely a book worth having.” —The Garden “A practical guide that demonstrates the supportive role of green space.” —Gardens Illustrated “Readers seeking ideas and models will happily wear this book out.” —Planning magazine “This book is a rare piece of interdisciplinary collaboration between a landscape architect and occupational therapist and functions as both a source of inspiration for students and practicing landscape architects and a manifesto for compassionate, user-centered design. It adds a valuable voice to an ongoing conversation in our profession.” —Therapeutic Landscapes Network