Healing Gardens

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Anne Wiesen on Oct 11, 2007 at 5:50PM

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Healing Gardens

By Anne Wiesen

Why do we find the sound of running water soothing, a bouquet of flowers uplifting or a large tree captivating? Our ancient ancestors knew that a running stream signaled clean water, flowers heralded fruit and large trees provided a strategic advantage. Together, these and other landscape elements indicated a safe, nurturing habitat. Today, we still prefer landscapes that offer a healthy environment and support a feeling of deep psychological and physiological well-being. A modern restorative garden draws from these life-supporting surroundings to bring a sense of calm to public spaces and private residences. Find inspiration to instill peace and serenity in your world from these examples of healing gardens.

Greenacre Park, New York City, NY
Photo by John M. Seitz

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