Green Valley Consulting Engineers

Principal: Liz Ellis
335 Tesconi Circle
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Tel: 707.799.2510
Fax: 707.579.3877


Green Valley Consulting Engineers (Green Valley) is a synergistic team of landscape architects and engineers committed to creating artistic, sustainable and functional designs that enhance the environment. Founded in 1997 by Principal Liz Ellis, Green Valley is located in Sonoma County, California. Our firm offers landscape architecture design and engineering consultation for a variety of different project types including: therapeutic garden design for hospitals, assisted living and skilled care facilities, as well as schools, parks, municipal and civic landscapes and more.


Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Healing Garden
Client: Saint Joseph’s Health System
1165 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Acute care general hospital
Courtyard garden

A once underused, overgrown and bleak central courtyard in a bustling medical hospital located in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country has been transformed into a therapeutic and healing landscape where patients, family members and hospital staff can find comfort and relaxation within their day. Now, in the healing garden, people can wander along the scented garden paths and relax and enjoy their lunch at one of the café tables and chairs placed throughout the garden, or simply sit and meditate.

To transform the space Landscape Architect Sandra Reed (while with ZAC Architects) worked in collaboration with the Mentoring Program for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where staff were selected to participate in a project of their choice as a reward for outstanding service to the hospital. Working closely with this group of various hospital staff members, a design was formulated that achieved their goal of creating a respite from the hectic world of hospital life.

The project required the removal of old concrete pavement and seats and overgrown and declining shrubs. Trees were pruned to reveal their structure and natural beauty which allowed sunlight in to brighten up the space. New, columnar shaped trees with delicate structure and leaves were planted along the perimeter of the space to soften the effect of the concrete architecture and to create a sense of enclosure and movement as the breezes moved through their branches. A series of intertwining paths utilizing different materials including brick, decomposed granite and scented herb groundcover, move the visitor through color progression plantings. The new planting palette now features medicinal and therapeutic herbs and perennials. The color palette progresses in groupings of white flowering plants to muted yellows, pinks, and purples that culminate in reds and bronzes. Additional highlights throughout the garden include a mosaic wall, a hedge alcove with the Virgin Mary, water sculpture, rose court, stone labyrinth, and meeting and relaxation spaces with benches and café tables.

Hospice House of Petaluma
Client: Saint Joseph’s Health System
416 Payran Street, Petaluma CA, USA

Located on ¼ acre of land in downtown Petaluma, Hospice House of Petaluma has been providing quality, compassionate care to patients and families, as well as grief support and end of life care education, to the community for many years.

The design team charged with developing the landscape for their new site worked closely with a client focus group comprising of a variety of different people including administrators, nurses, bereavement counselors and office staff. To help flesh out the most appropriate, functional and beautiful landscape for everyone involved the group participated in imaging sessions, group sharing exercises, and numerous interactive design workshops.

The layout of the landscape was organized by a series of arcs including engraved brick pathways that lead visitors through a series of outdoor ‘rooms’. Throughout the different garden rooms the design incorporated pervious pavement consisting of decomposed granite with the sub-grade drainage engineered in such a way that directed the run-off toward swales surrounding the overall site. Each garden room was designed so that the visitor would be encouraged to stop and rest or make use of the spaces for quiet meditation, programmed bereavement sessions, or lunching during staff breaks. The overall effect ushers movement throughout differing spaces that collectively contribute to a sensory environment of modulated light, textured materials and flowery scents.

A large portion of the overall site was constrained by the need for space for parking, trash and recycle storage, leaving little room for gardens. To further add to the challenge, the building had a large setback requirement from the street taking away precious space for the garden design. To resolve this the parking lot was designed as a courtyard with a canopy of trees with boxwood hedges defining planting areas within the “court”. It also included a garden pavilion or “gatehouse” disguising itself from the trash. Given the makeover, City planners allowed the parking to be located in the front of the house, within the setback requirement – therefore reserving the side and rear site areas for gardens.

The planting palette in general was selected to provide for sensory perception – a combination of plant texture, color and scents, areas of sun or shade, as well as seasonal variety – including edible fruits and berries.

The Fockele Garden Company

Mark Fockele and Julie Evans, Principals
P.O. Box 671
Gainesville, GA 30503
Phone: 770.532.7117
Fax: 770.532.7245


The Fockele Garden Company designs, installs and manages residential gardens and commercial landscapes throughout the southeast.

We believe in the restorative impact on people when they are brought together with gardens. We have developed a specialty for facilitating this therapeutic connection through our projects at nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals, churches and public spaces. Memorial gardens, meditation gardens, healing gardens, physical rehabilitation gardens, and walking gardens are all included in our repertoire. Because we design, build and manage each garden, we are free to incorporate the creativity and attention to detail that creates a space where a visitor can have a personal and intimate experience.

Additionally, we look for opportunities to incorporate appropriate sustainable landscaping practices into our gardens. We design and install rainwater harvest and smart irrigation systems; we employ on-site stormwater management components such as permeable surfaces and bioswales. Finally, we incorporate plantings that will optimize the functionality of these site improvements. These techniques are endorsed by the Low Impact Development Program (LID), LEED, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI.)

In 2010 we celebrated our 20th year in business. Our cumulative knowledge and experience allows us to design, and deliver in-house, a wide range of products and services. Our installations include imaginative and creative garden structures such as ponds, streams, custom stone fountains, gazebos and fences, walls, terraces, and steps. Our plantings are unusual, exciting and beautiful, and at the same time, manageable and practical. They include woodland gardens, perennial and native plant gardens, water gardens, rock gardens, and drought tolerant gardens. The wide variety demonstrates our extensive plant knowledge. And once a garden installation has been completed, our ongoing landscape management program preserves the original design intent.


First Presbyterian Church
Gainesville, GA, USA
Courtyard Meditation Garden

Lanier Village Estates
Memory Walk
Frazier Garden
Gainesville, GA, USA
ACTS Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
Memorial Garden for Residents, friends and family
Frazier Garden is Healing Garden

Magnolia Trace
Meditation Garden
Huntsville, AL, USA
ACTS Continuing Care Retirement Community

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA
Native Medicinal Herb Garden

Northeast Georgia History Center
The American Freedom Garden
Gainesville, GA, USA
Memorial Garden to veterans of all wars

Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Anne’s Garden
Gainesville, GA, USA
North Georgia Health Systems regional hospital
Healing Garden

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Courtyard Garden
North Augusta, SC, USA
UniHealth Post Acute Care of North Augusta
Outdoor accessible garden for residents and visitors with dining, custom stone fountain, shaded seating, interesting plantings

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Physical Therapy Garden / Rehabilitation Garden
Atlanta, GA, USA
Unihealth Post-Acute Care of Brookhaven
Walking surfaces, steps, slopes, plantings, water feature

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Courtyard Garden
Walking Garden
The Oaks of Limestone
Gainesville, GA, USA
Outdoor accessible garden for residents and visitors with dining, custom stone fountain, shaded seating, interesting plantings
Wheelchair accessible walking paths and shaded seating for residents and visitors See this article that mentions Fockele and the Oaks at Limestone:

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Fitness Trail
Campus Gardens
Norcross, GA, USA
UHS Pruitt Corporate Headquarters and Conference Center, to emphasize and promote health benefits of exercise and gardens to employees of company as well as other health care professionals.

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Courtyard Garden
Raleigh, NC, USA
UniHealth Post Acute Care of Raleigh
Outdoor accessible garden for residents and visitors with dining, custom stone fountain, shaded seating, interesting plantings

UHS Pruitt Corporation
Courtyard Garden
Oaks of Blythewood
Blythewood, SC, USA
Nursing Home
Outdoor accessible garden for residents and visitors with dining, custom stone fountain, shaded seating, interesting plantings

Dirtworks, PC Landscape Architecture

David Kamp, FASLA, LF

David Kamp, FASLA, LF
200 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.529.2263
Fax: 212.505.0904

Dirtworks, PC is an internationally recognized and award-winning landscape architecture firm. Dirtworks’ philosophy is based on the idea that interaction with the natural environment is essential to health and well being, and that providing a closer connection to nature enhances the built environment. Established in 1995 by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, the firm is committed to design excellence and sensitivity, personal commitment and collaboration. With a specific expertise in healthcare and commitment to designing for individuals with special needs, these principles are applied to all projects, including educational, commercial, public and residential settings. Dirtworks, PC is the recipient of the 2008 Honor Award in Residential Design and the 2006 Honor Award in General Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects.


Center for Discovery Autism Center
Harris, NY

Duncaster Wellness & Fitness Center
Bloomfield, CT

Earthplace Nature Center
Westport, CT

The Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden (pictured above)
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, OH
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Winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects 2006 General Design of Honor Award.

Flight 93 National Memorial (Design Competition)
Somerset, PA

Hudson Valley Center for Special Care
Lake Katrine, NY

Jewish Home Long term Care Center
New York, NY

The Legacy Groves of Somerset County
Somerset, PA

Life Enrichment Center
Kings Mountain, NC

The Living Memorials Project
New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC

Monter Cancer Care Center, Long Island Jewish Hospital
Long Island, NY

Rivington House
New York, NY

Schnaper Memorial Garden, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center
New York, NY

September 11 Memorial Grove
Washington, DC

Dinep + Schwab Landscape Architecture | Ecological Design

Claudia Dinep, Kristin Schwab

Dinep + Schwab is a landscape architecture and ecological design firm based in Connecticut and Rhode Island. We are the co-authors of Sustainable Site Design: Criteria, Process and Case Studies for Integrating Site and Region in Landscape Design, a book published by Wiley & Sons, which forged our close working relationship and expertise in sustainable design. We specialize in creating living landscapes that promote both ecological and human health.

Dinep + Schwab is dedicated to mission-based clients whose goals are resilient landscapes designed for human access, comfort, and experience. We resolve complex sites and create value and identity in landscapes large and small. Our expertise is considering the total healthcare environment and how it contributes to wellness, safety, and peace of mind– from the parking and entry sequence to the views out from windows. But in the larger context, health and wellness is not only the purview of healthcare facilities. Our goal is to bring the therapeutic and healing qualities of landscapes into all human environments.

Claudia Dinep has practiced landscape architecture and ecological design for over twenty years, with a rich portfolio of built work which has most recently been focused in healthcare environments. Kristin Schwab has over thirty years’ experience in private and academic practice, community engagement, and research in landscape architecture.


Cone Health Cancer Center
The Healing Garden
Greensboro, North Carolina
Size: 1.1 acres
Budget: $1M
Completed: 2015

This new destination on the hospital campus adds a unique dimension to the healing power of the Cancer Treatment Center. The Cancer Center, located along the Buffalo Creek, is adjacent to a federally regulated wetland that functions as biofiltration for seven acres of stormwater runoff from surrounding paved areas. This dynamic hydrologic system was re-visioned as a garden space for patients, families and staff. New accessible boardwalks, a bridge, a restored stream channel, restored wetland, a retrofitted biocell, and a native grassland meadow now populate this once barren wilderness. [w/Studio Pagliai, MWM Construction]

Cone Health Wesley Long Hospital
Arrival Renovation
Greensboro, North Carolina
Size: 0.7 acres
Budget: $900,000
Completed: 2016

This arrival sequence renovation for a busy regional hospital enhances pedestrian and vehicular accessibility, comfort and experience. New shaded arrival and seating areas, generous benches, pedestrian scale lighting, and lush plantings combine to create a welcoming and unified look. Special attention to pavement types, texture and color cues provide additional safety, way-finding and orientation features separating vehicle and pedestrian traffic in this busy entry. Decking over graded areas provides level areas for wheelchair use. [w/Reaves|Dinep, Brasfield & Gorrie]

Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro
The Lusk Center Campus
Greensboro, North Carolina
Size: 7 acres
Budget: $300,000
Completed: 2013

This award-winning Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro administrative campus was designed to align with the organization’s mission of access, comfort and care. The central landscape element is a richly planted and flexible terrace space visible and accessible from training and conference rooms and sited within the context of a native meadow. Additional intimately scaled terraces and walkways with native, low maintenance planting of intense seasonal interest provide contemplative areas for daily use by visitors and staff. The spaces are designed to combine for tenting during large fundraising and memorial functions. The dramatic backdrop of the adjacent historic industrial mill and native meadow on this brownfield site, served as inspiration for the native low-maintenance planting palette. [w/TFF Architects, Reaves|Dinep]

Design for Generations, LLC

Jack Carman, FASLA, Principal

Jack Carman, FASLA, RLA, CAPS, president of Design for Generations LLC, is a Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience in the analysis, planning, design and management of outdoor spaces. As a design consultant, Jack has specialized in creating therapeutic exterior environments for senior communities and healthcare facilities. His design experience includes the creation of over 100 Landscape Plans for Assisted Living and Alzheimer Residences, Adult Day Health Care Centers, Long Term Care Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Healthcare Facilities in over 18 states throughout the US. This includes the design of over 30 memory care gardens for individuals with dementia.

Jack is co-editor and contributing writer to the recently published book “Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging.” Other book contributions include “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults” and “Interaction by Design.” As a contributing writer for national publications, he has written numerous articles on connecting people with nature. Jack actively works to promote the design and development of Therapeutic Gardens and landscapes through speaking engagements, audio-conferences and contributing to the publication of technical papers. He is an adjunct faculty member at Temple University teaching “Healing Garden Design” and “Introduction to Horticultural Therapy”. He is also an instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden School of Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program. Jack is founder and former chair of the American Society of Landscape Architects Committee on Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network.


Alzheimer’s Gardens

  • Forrest Side Residence
    Washington, DC
    Alzheimer’s Garden
  • Heron Point Continue Care Retirement Community
    Chestertown, MD
    Labyrinth and Alzheimer’s Courtyard Garden
  • Virtua Healthcare
    Berlin, NJ
    Alzheimer’s Courtyard Garden
  • VA Medical Home
    Wilkes Barre, PA
    Alzheimer’s Courtyard Garden
  • Brandermill Woods Healthcare Center
    Midlothian, VA
    Alzheimer’s Courtyard Garden and Assisted Living Courtyard Garden

Hospital Gardens

  • Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta, GA
    Neuro ICU Rooftop Healing Garden Concept Plan
  • CentraState Healthcare System
    Freehold, NJ
    Meditation Garden and Labyrinth Garden
  • Kimball Medical Center
    Lakewood, NJ
    Rooftop Healing Garden

Continue Care Retirement Community Gardens

  • Meadow Lakes Continued Care Retirement Community
    Hightstown, NJ
    Alzheimer’s Garden, Walking Path Master Plan, Wellness Trail, Atrium Garden
  • Medford Leas Continued Care Retirement Community
    Medford, NJ
    Landscape Master Plan, “Back Porch” Garden, Assisted Living Garden, Courtyard Garden, Recreation Courtyard Garden
  • The Atrium at Navesink Harbor Continue Care Retirement Community
    Red Bank, NJ
    Riverside Garden and Interior Courtyard / Atrium Garden
  • Stonebridge Continuing Care Retirement Community
    Montgomery, NJ
    Assisted Living Courtyard Garden
  • Cathedral Village Continue Care Retirement
    Philadelphia, PA
    Butterfly Garden and Alzheimer’s Courtyard Garden
  • The Villages Retirement Community
    Rochester, NY
    Landscape Master Plan

Adult Day Care Gardens

  • Adult Enrichment Services of Wilkes
    Wilkesboro, NC
    Adult Day Therapeutic Garden
  • Genesis PACE Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    Adult Day Therapeutic Courtyard Garden
  • Redhook Senior Center
    Brooklyn, NY
    Courtyard Garden
  • Gift of Life Donor Program
    Philadelphia, PA
    Courtyard Garden and Landscape Plan

Skilled Nursing Gardens

  • St. John Neumann Nursing Home
    Philadelphia, PA
    Adult Social Day Care Alzheimer’s (pictured above, center and right)
    Garden and Sensory Courtyard Garden
  • St. Francis Country House (pictured above, left)
    Darby, PA
    Therapeutic Courtyard Garden
  • Puerto Nuevo
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Landscape Master Plan, Therapeutic and Alzheimer’s Gardens

Church Gardens

  • St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church
    Lumberton, NJ
    Labyrinth and Meditation Garden

Rehabilitation Programs Gardens

  • Clinton House
    Manhattan, NY
    Therapeutic Rooftop Container Garden