Clemson University Students Redesign Healing Garden for Local Hospital

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As a part of Clemson University’s Sustainable Landscape Garden Design laboratory class, a group of agricultural education, architecture and horticulture students put their heads together to brighten the Greenville Heath System (GHS) hospital experience for patients. Funded by the Clemson Miracle, the university’s largest student-run nonprofit organization which benefits GHS Children’s Hospital, the students are redesigning the Clemson Miracle Healing Garden.

“Healing gardens and garden in health care are a very big topic in design right now because we understand that a lot of healing has to happen outside the four medical walls of the hospital building,” said South Carolina Botanical Garden landscape architect, Shannon Barrett. “So trying to use landscape to enhance that is really important. And given the size of the garden – about 3,500 square feet – it was a really great beginning space for students to be able to look at and be able to manage.”

The hospital stakeholders are challenging the students to make the space more inviting and user-friendly and requested such elements as a defined entrance; spaces for animal statuary, water features, and other kid-friendly artwork; pathways to accommodate wheelchairs and rolling IV poles; swings or gliders; structures, such as small bridges, arbors, and archways; and interesting areas, such as butterfly gardens.

For more details on the plans for the garden and the impact it can have on the patients’ experience, read more here.

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