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The Practice of Shinrin-Yoku

By Christina Hughey   Shinrin-yoku otherwise known as forest-bathing (meaning to bathe the mind, you don’t need your swimsuit!), was developed in Japan during the 1980’s. Shinrin-yoku is an activity where you walk slowly in a natural outdoor setting (you may even meditate), in return you will...

A Review Over Project Chemotherapy Outside

By: Christina Hughey   Tergooi Hospital   Project Chemotherapy Outside is an interesting concept. Located in Hilversum, Netherlands designed by Architect Bart Van Der Salm. This project has allowed patients to receive chemotherapy outdoors in a park like setting. The idea of the chairs and set up was inspired...

We’re Hiring!

We are currently looking for a dynamic, motivated and personable Landscape Architect/Designer - with 0-2 years experience to join our team at the Eureka office. This position will support and strengthen our existing capabilities in master planning and design projects including parks, greenways, public spaces, ecosystem restoration, residential, and commercial. The...

Labyrinths in Healing

By Christina Hughey, horticultural specialist   Labyrinths are found worldwide dating back to Ancient Egypt as well as Ancient Greece.  Today, they are popular in numerous places including healthcare settings and healing gardens.   Labyrinths help in aiding the whole person both physically and mentally. Labyrinths are used...

Friday Fact: Horticultural Therapy

Research in Finland concluded plants indoor and outdoor helped patients with dementia both psychologically and socially. Plants stimulated patient’s senses, creating positive emotions, and gave a good topic for conversation.   (source)...

Friday Fact: Stress and Your Surroundings

By Christina Hughey, Horticulture Therapy Specialist (source) Since the beginning of mankind, we developed fight or flight response. An example is, if man encountered a mountain lion, he would have to decide whether to fight or run. People still face stressful situations today, and, the body still...

Horticultural Therapy Gardens/ Healing Gardens

By: Christina Hughey A healing garden is a garden designed for a specific population, place, and intended for positive health outcome. With plenty of research to prove, access to nature is a beneficial part in the healing process.   Healing gardens are making a rapid comeback. Most...

Friday Fact: Horticultural Therapy

An important part of landscape architecture is not just design, but how the design makes a person feel. Christina Hughey, our Horticulture Therapy specialist, is here to provide information regarding these aspects of design. The first tidbit is how gardens can impact elderly. Well designed gardens...

Welcome Christina Hughey!

DG2 Design welcomes Christina Hughey to help develop our expertise in Horticultural Therapy.   Christina began her career in nursing school and since then developed a passion for the healing qualities of nature.  She will assist the designers at DG2 and our clients to develop spaces for...