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Horticultural Therapy

A time-tested practice

Horticultural therapy is a time-tested practice of using plants and gardening tasks to support the recovery of patients of all ages. Research shows that therapeutic gardens actually improve clinical outcomes, often helping patients to leave the hospital faster, take less pain medication, and suffer fewer complications.

Gardening also puts patients in a caregiver role, boosting their self-confidence and sense of purpose with experience in problem-solving, work adjustment, social interaction and communication. And of course, a tranquil garden setting is a boon not just to patients but to their families and visitors, and to hospital staff.


Tour of Legacy Meridian Park's Healing Garden

  • Meridian Park Bench View

    Garden view from the bench......

  • Meridian Park Garden and Thermomater

    A lovely view

  • Meridian Park Tree and Shrubs

    Fall in the garden

  • Meridian Park Turtles

    Garden turtles.....

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A national leader

Legacy Health is a leader in horticultural therapy, with award-winning gardens, a Horticultural Therapy Certificate program, and workshops on Children in the Garden, Gardens in Senior Living, etc. Our programs include:

  • Therapeutic Garden Design Team Workshop: See the details and registration form
  • Gardeners' Workshop for Individuals with Cancer - A free workshop sponsored by Legacy Cancer Institute. Please contact or 503-413-6507 for more information and to register.