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Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces

By Daniel Winterbottom and Amy Wagenfeld

A must have for everyone involved in planning therapeutic gardens.…Beautifully published, which makes it a real gem in every landscape architect’s library.

Landscape Architects Network

More than ever before, landscape architects, garden designers, and healthcare professionals are asked to create gardens that meet the physical, psychological, emotional, and social needs of a wide range of user groups.

Landscape architect Daniel Winterbottom and occupational therapist Amy Wagenfeld present a collaborative approach that successfully translates the principles of therapeutic design into practice. Using examples from around the world, this practical guide demonstrates how gardens can support learning, movement, reconciliation, and memorialization, as well as improve physical and psychological health.

Media reviews

"A must have for everyone involved in planning therapeutic gardens, as well as for those who have only started to discover this particular type of design or those who want to broaden their existing knowledge. It is also beautifully published, which makes it a real gem in every landscape architect’s library."

Landscape Architects Network

"Shows how effective a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach is in designing for people’s well-being. This is relevant to all kinds of restorative outdoor spaces, benefiting individuals and communities of all ages, abilities and circumstances."

Garden Design Journal

About the authors

Daniel Winterbottom

Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA, is professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington and earned his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Daniel’s research is in landscape as a cultural expression, ecological urban design, and restorative/healing landscapes in the built environment. His firm, Winterbottom Design Inc., focuses on designing healing/restorative gardens.

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Amy Wagenfeld

Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, FAOTA, brings a unique perspective to her work by blending occupational therapy, horticulture, and design to make gardens and gardening possible for a wide range of adults and children. Amy’s experiences span academic and clinical settings and social entrepreneurial collaborations with landscape architects on design, programming, and evaluation of outdoor environments in healthcare, community, military, and educational settings. An assistant professor of occupational therapy at Western Michigan University, she also maintains a design consultation practice. Amy has published and spoken widely on the role of occupational therapy in equitable access to nature.

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