Marguerite indicated that most healing gardens are associated with hospitals or facilities that provide restorative care for individuals, and are, therefore, designed with several groups in mind and can target different illnesses. These gardens promote better health and a sense of well-being, as well as social wellness because they are a comfortable place - giving symptom relief and reduction of stress. It has been shown that even a view of trees from a hospital patient's window creates faster healing.
Aided by a slideshow presentation, Marguerite noted that healing gardens can include active physical therapy or be passive/contemplative. Various elements, including aromatic plants, wood, water or stone, can be therapeutic. Design principles for a healing garden include:
Nature itself can be healing - a hike through the woods, or visit to parks or other green spaces reduces stress and has a healing outcome. Research has suggested that free play in nature fosters child development.
Luncheon will be held in a Broadway spotlight setting in the historic 1923 Cumming Schoolhouse located at 215 Ingram Avenue. Club members will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the upstairs private dining area, and a buffet lunch will be served around noon. Members will bring two dozen home-made cookies, cupcakes or candies to exchange with each other.