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Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations

Clare Cooper Marcus (Editor), Marni Barnes (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-19203-9
624 pages
June 1999
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Unique and comprehensive, Healing Gardens provides up-to-date coverage of research findings, relevant design principles and approaches, and best practice examples of or more and more people, the shortest road to recovery is the one that leads through a healing garden. Combining up-to-date information on the therapeutic benefits of healing gardens with practical design guidance from leading experts in the field, Healing Gardens is an invaluable guide for landscape architects and others involved in creating and maintaining medical facilities as well as an extremely useful reference for those responsible for patient care. With the help of site plans, photographs, and more, the editors present design guidelines and case studies for outdoor spaces in a range of medical settings, including:
  • Acute care general hospitals.
  • Psychiatric hospitals.
  • Children's hospitals.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Alzheimer's facilities.
  • Hospices.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Historic and Cultural Overview (C. Marcus & M. Barnes).

Effects of Gardens on Health Outcomes: Theory and Research (R. Ulrich).

Design Philosophy (M. Barnes & C. Marcus).

Acute Care General Hospitals: Typology of Outdoor Spaces (C. Marcus).

Acute Care General Hospitals: Case Studies and Design Guidelines (C. Marcus & M. Barnes).

Psychiatric Hospitals (N. Sachs).

Healing Gardens for Children (R. Moore).

Nursing Home Gardens (D. McBride).

Alzheimer's Treatment Gardens (J. Zeisel & M. Tyson).

Hospice Gardens (C. Marcus).

Getting it Done (M. Barnes & C. Marcus).

Conclusions and Prospects (T. Hartig, et al.).

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Author Information

CLARE COOPER MARCUS is Professor Emerita of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal of Healing Landscapes.

MARNI BARNES is a psychotherapist and practicing landscape architect in Palo Alto, California, and a principal of Healing Landscapes.
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