A rendering of Phillip Hammond’s design. (Texas A&M University College of Architecture)
Although nature is clearly important to health, said Bush, there’s a lack of research regarding which nature factors lead to increased health, what exposure to nature means, and how much exposure is needed. “I’m thrilled to be here to announce the center, which will help fill these research gaps.”
Hammond and fellow students developed design solutions for the healing garden competition as part of a spring 2018 studio led by Chanam Lee, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. They consulted with center representatives to create gardens that maximize patient healing and enhance the workplace environment.
His design, which includes native vegetation, medicinal flora, pollinator gardens and shaded seating areas, is interspersed with open areas connected by curving walkways.
“Glory Gardens provides a space where patients in search of peace can be surrounded by the natural environment’s therapeutic qualities,” said Hammond. “It reminds them that difficult times are temporary. Natural life comes as a reminder of the lightness of life and the glory of this beautiful world we live in.”
His design can also accommodate a variety of small events, since its trees are housed in movable planters to provide shade and ornamentation in a variety of configurations.
“Glory Gardens” also includes kiosks allowing patrons to note their favorite garden elements and why they are remarkable.
This story by Richard Nira originally appeared in ArchOne.