Louisiana landscape students learn about healing in Legacy Health gardens
Instructor Kathleen Bogaski first heard about Legacy Health and its healing gardens when she was taking a course at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The more she learned the more she knew she wanted to bring her own students to visit Legacy’s evidence based design spaces.
The coordinator of Legacy’s Therapeutic Garden Program, Teresia Hazen, was happy to provide a tour for Bogaski and her 16 students from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. Hazen described working with clinical staff, the comfort something as simple as shade can provide and how a decommissioned fire hose can provide movement motivation.
“I’m so grateful to Ms. Hazen for giving us such great information and sharing her time,” said student Ryyan Clark. “The information provided will help immensely throughout the semester.”
“Seeing the role gardens take in healing has taught me valuable lessons that I plan to use in my future designs,” said student Jazmin Castillo.
If you would like to create a healing garden for your home, Hazen has the following suggestions:
Plan a four season view out of a favorite window. Stand indoors and imagine the view in summer, fall, winter and spring. Each season plant and develop the view.
Encourage birds, butterflies and other wildlife with water, diverse plant choices and safe organic practices.
Develop a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, annuals and vines.
Shop and study at the garden center every month to develop the current month and season of interest.
Keep it simple. Start small and maintain what you create. It’s all about joy… not making more chores.
Legacy believes gardens and green spaces can help us restore, renew and relax. Patients, friends, families and staff reap the benefits of therapeutic gardens on all of the hospital campuses.