Creating sacred places for healing and connection.
HEALING AND COMMUNITY COHESION
We develop gardens for a diverse range of communities. From healing gardens that serve wounded veterans, their families and health care professionals to veteran-led community food growth gardens, we begin with the community the garden will serve. This means we are collaborating with the local veteran community and key stakeholders to define needs and develop research methodologies that will measure outcomes.
CONSERVATORIES, GREENHOUSES AND GARDENS
Every public garden is an opportunity to extend our notion of what a garden can be. We engage multiple disciplines to develop gardens that advance the holistic healing of our veterans and strengthen their communities. From conservatories to greenhouses, from gardens to reimagined green spaces, we are redefining the role of gardens to heal our veterans.
Our design process begins with evidence-based design guidelines and then enlists the collective expertise of leaders in research, horticulture and design. Local veteran and community groups play a key role in working with health care and municipal leaders in shaping the design concept. Interactive collaboration tools are used to engage the entire team throughout the process. The final design represents the shared experience of the entire team.
INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE
The installation and maintenance plans of these public gardens are critical to their success. Construction includes the integration of multiple partners, including engineering, specialty trades and landscape contractors. Ongoing maintenance is contracted, and volunteer groups provide additional manpower to ensure the care of these gardens.
Public gardens provide the opportunity to measure outcomes ranging from therapeutic to social to economic. Using state-of-the-art methodologies, we work with our research partners to track these outcomes and further the role of therapeutic and social horticulture to serve veterans and their families.
We engage local community members, including veterans groups, garden clubs, civic groups and university extensions, to support these public gardens and develop community programming.