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Healing Gardens for Mental Health/ Behavioral Health

By: Christina Hughey   One in four people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Mental illness has an attached stigma, therefore some people suffering with mental illness will not get help. Mental illness should not be thought of in a negative way, because it’s...

Cold Weather is the Perfect Time to Get Outside

By Christina Hughey   Cabin fever? Want to get outside but its winter? Go outside anyways. There is lots of research out there on the benefits of nature about De- stressing, improving focus, boosting your immune system, and much more during the winter. With kids playing outside...

Rhythm in the Landscape

By Brad Priest, Landscape Designer   Repetition, patterns, movement – these words help describe the concept of rhythm, which can exist at all sorts of scales and via many different mediums. It is found in the beat of a song and the ebb and flow of the...

Autism and Nature

By: Christina Hughey “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”   (source)   No two people with autism are exactly alike. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder comes with a wide range of skills, abilities, and disabilities. Autism is caused by a combination of genetic...

Building a Sensory Garden

By: Christina Hughey   A sensory garden is designed to stimulate the senses. This stimulation occurs from plants and other things found in the garden. Sensory gardens are wonderful for children, including special needs children who can really benefit from sensory items. Sensory gardens provide a fun...

Have You Ever Heard of a Green Wall?

By: Christina Hughey   Can you imagine walking into a hospital and the wall being completely covered in plants?  At first, you might think this idea sounds a bit bizarre. What’s also bizarre, is that studies have shown the indoor environment might be ten times more polluted...

A Farm That May Prevent Cancer

My Review on: The Garden of Hope By: Christina Hughey The Garden of Hope is a 261-acre farm located on Ohio State Universities main campus. The farm’s main goal is to get the cancer survivors active and to eat properly in a cancer preventing way leading...

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A Look Under the Hood at the Design Process

By Brad Priest All projects are unique in one way or another, and each poses its own set of opportunities and constraints for design. To create the most successful result for any project, however, Landscape Architects all follow a similar process that allows them to systematically...

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...