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13 Tips to Create Your Own Healing Garden

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13 Tips to Create Your Own Healing Garden

Since ancient times, many civilizations have realized the healing qualities of gardens with their fruit trees, flowers, water, and songbirds. The earliest hospitals in the Western world were infirmaries in monastic communities where herbs and prayer were the focus of healing and a cloistered garden was an essential part of the environment.

Restorative gardens for the sick, which were a vital part of the healing process from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, provided ordered and beautiful settings where patients could begin to heal, both physically and mentally. These were often part of hospitals prior to the mid-twentieth century and are regaining popularity now.

For the home or individual gardener, I think of a healing garden as a place that “heals” us in all ways: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. But, it doesn’t just heal our souls by bringing joy, peace, balance, and wholeness; it also has the added benefit of helping our physical self as we work to maintain this oasis of beauty.

With the pace and the stress of modern life, its hard to find such a place, but your garden can be your own place of refuge and recuperation, a restorative landscape that’s a place for contemplation and a place that offers the chance to revive in the peace, serenity and beauty of nature.

No matter how large or small, it’s easy to transform your own yard, patio, or garden into a personal and meaningful garden for your soul by using the elements of water, scent, color, sound and planting schemes to create a “sensory” healing garden.

Sensory gardens use plants and other design elements to provide experiences to awaken all five senses giving the gardener new ways to enjoy the garden. Garden elements in sensory gardens involve seating, lighting, water features, paths, and whimsy. But the bottom line is this is your own special place, so think of what appeals to you.

 

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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11:12PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

sounds awesome

4:13PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Beautiful pictures, I'm working on a peaceful garden myself=)

8:04PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

I'm on it!

2:04AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

I agree

8:17AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Thanks for ..

2:46AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

It is good for people to realize that even if most can't live in a forest or jungle or by the beach, we can still have a bit of nature around us.

The next place I live needs to have a decent sized backyard so that I can have my own healing garden.

7:00AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

TY

4:10AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thanks.

4:08PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Cool :)

3:58PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

And if the list overwhelms you, just try something. Nature soothes, in big doses, broad ones, or just a handful of daffodils in a vase on your table inside.

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Interesting, thanks for sharing

I wonder if these would contribute to food waste.

Thank you,, I can not wait until I am able to go for a walk again looking forward to hitting the gym…

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