The garden is based on Planetree concepts: providing safe, accessible, high-quality therapy is fundamental to patient-centered care; integrating a holistic approach to meeting people’s needs of body, mind and spirit; understanding human interactions among friends, family and loved ones are vital to the healing process; nutrition and nurturing aspects of food are integral to healing.
The goal is to provide a healing garden that stimulates sensory experiences to all five human senses - sound, touch, smell, taste, sight thereby helping users to connect with their inner resources for healing. A safer and private entry into the healing garden is created as linear processional entry way since it is the first impression into the garden.
Centrally placed and carved Zen-like rock will be the main water feature with visibility from cafeteria. The flowing water will mask the noise from the adjoining loading dock.
The ‘herb garden’ surrounds the fountain providing the opportunity to grow vegetation and herbs that can be used in the cafeteria cooking. Staff, visitors, and volunteers can all collaborate in educating themselves on healthy eating styles, gardening, and medicinal qualities of herbs. Plants chosen will be native, using less water and efficient irrigation with different green hues and various soothing colorful blossoms which will all bloom throughout the year.
The ‘greenwall’ or ‘living wall’ which is visible from the main processional entry is designed to soften up the hardness of the existing wall. The wall behind the chapel is the ‘donor/ mural wall’ adding to the timeless serene atmosphere of the space. The goal is also to provide various intimate experiences and contemplative zones for the users with a combination of seating areas in the garden provides privacy and seclusion.