Wordless Wednesday, 5/7/14

Tulips in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by James Westwater

Tulips in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by James Westwater

Happy Spring! And for me, happy end of the semester! Looking forward to catching up with blog posts now that it’s (technically, though dissertation research continues…) “summer vacation.”


Two fantastic upcoming events at The Hort

Sometimes I really wish I still lived in New York. April is one of those times, because the Horticultural Society of New York is putting on not one but two brilliant events that I would not miss if I didn’t live 2,000 miles away.

Event #1: Healing Nature Forum: Horticulture as Therapy

This event features a stellar line-up of speakers, including a keynote by Virginia Burt, Principal of Visionscapes Landscape Architects, Inc.

Visit the HSNY website for more details.

Horticultural Society of NY Healing Nature Forum

Event #2: The exhibition, By leaves or play of sunlight. John Cage: Artist and Naturalist

John Cage, The Hort

April 2 – May 16, 2014
Curated by Chris Murtha

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Presented with the John Cage Trust and the New York Mycological Society


The Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program – Register now!

Tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Naomi Sachs

Registration is now open for the Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program, and for the seminar, “Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness.”

Eight-day professional development certificate
May 14 – 21, 2014
Wednesday – Wednesday
Early registration fee paid/postmarked by April 4, 2014: $2,995
Fee after April 4, 2014: $3,495

Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness
One-Day Seminar
May 14, 2014
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Member fee $129
Nonmember fee $149, or $129 before April 4, 2014

Online registration is unavailable 24 hours prior to the class start date. You may still register by calling (847) 835-8261.

The eight-day Certificate Program includes case studies, group projects, field trips, lectures, and instruction from experts from healthcare garden-related professions. Working in multidisciplinary teams that reflect the real world of healthcare garden design, your learning will be reinforced through tours of healthcare facilities in greater Chicago.

The program begins with a special full-day seminar on “Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness,” designed as a starting point for those participating in the full program, and as an introduction for professionals not requiring full certification.


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I know it’s hard to believe for many people in the U.S., but spring really is coming. One way to hasten its arrival is to cut a few branches from what will be a flowering shrub or tree. When you bring the branches inside and put them in water, you “fool” them into thinking that spring has arrived, and they bloom. Sometimes the sight of those blossoms is enough to give us hope for the not-too-distant future of warmth and rebirth.

Here’s an older post, “Forcing Spring,” on the subject that has links to some good how-to sites.


The Enabling Garden at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

A lily pond and lush plantings make this garden an excellent place for rehab work.

Horticultural Therapy is, in a nutshell, the use of plants, gardens, and other aspects of nature to improve people’s social, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Check out the HT page on the TLN website, and the organizations American Horticultural Therapy Association and the Horticultural Therapy Institute for more information. The new book, Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces also has a great chapter on HT, written by the inimitable Teresia Hazen at Legacy Health in Portland, OR.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

A horticultural therapist works with a client

The HT program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is well-established and respected in the field. Thanks to Pam Young, the Horticultural Therapist there, for this description of their program, and for the accompanying photos.


A healthy dose of color on a grey Saturday afternoon


Many of us across the U.S., and other parts of the world as well, are pretty tired of winter by now. Even in Central Texas, it’s been colder than usual, for a longer period of time than usual. I still don’t quite get the way that people here cover their lovely but tender plants with pretty much anything that’s available – black plastic bags, old bedsheets, large pieces of cardboard… So yards that are quite attractive in the spring, fall, and summer end up looking like dead lawns strewn with trash. Oh, well.

I was going through some photos from a trip to Florida a few years ago and happened upon this one of a giant, fearless Hibiscus flower. It said, “Post me today.”

So here you are. Tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 2:00 am, we “spring forward” an hour for Daylight Savings time. Even if there’s still snow on the ground and cold wind is howling through the gaps, the days are lengthening, and spring is approaching. I promise.


Hearts in Nature, from Suz Lipman



Suz Lipman, author of the wonderful blog Slow Family and Social Media Director at the Children and Nature Network has come up with a beautiful Valentine’s Day post, “Hearts in Nature: A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt.” Here are two images, but check out the post for many more!

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Gardens in Healthcare – Earlybird registration ends 2/1

Legacy Emanuel Children's Garden

Legacy Emanuel Children’s Garden. Photo courtesy Legacy Health

Earlybird registration for Legacy Health’s annual Gardens in Health Care conference ends February first!

The Gardens in Healthcare conference: Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces
When: Fri, April 4, 2014, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Lorenzen Conference Center, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR

Featuring the new book: Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Marni Barnes, LCSW, ASLA, APATH
Clare Cooper Marcus, M.A., MCP, Hon. ASLA
Teresia Hazen MEd, HTR, QMHP
Duncan R. Neilson, Jr., M.D.
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC


Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo – Presentation submisisons due 2/7/14!

Proposals for the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo are due February 7th, 2014 And mark your calendars for the conference!


Need an Idea for a Presentation? These are just some of the topics we’re looking for:

  • Impact of the Affordable Care Act on design & construction industry
  • Small projects making a big difference – renovation & refit
  • Impact of patient, family and/or staff advisory boards on design & construction
  • Case studies on international health systems
  • Trends in design and construction of long term care facilities
  • Communication amongst the design team
  • Impact facility on patient care from the clinical perspective
  • Standardization – simplify the kit of parts
  • Impact of LEED on construction process and facility efficiency

Have an innovative session idea? Have a question on how to submit?
Please feel free to contact Jenabeth Ferguson at or 508-759-0075


Happy New Year!

At the thawing lake's edge, jewels of ice linger on wildflower stalks. Photo by Naomi Sachs

At the thawing lake’s edge, jewels of ice linger on wildflower stalks. Photo by Naomi Sachs

Nature always holds mysteries. Sometimes they reveal themselves easily, taking us by delighted surprise. Sometimes we have to look a little harder. Sometimes we must simply thrill in the knowledge that they are there, like a secret, waiting to be discovered.

From all of us at the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, to each and every one of you, wishing you a healthy, joyous 2014!