Therapeutic Gardens

Assisted Living Communities and Horticultural Therapeutic Gardens

Through various community service projects, Unique has been inspired by the importance of Horticultural Therapy Gardens to assist in the recovery and comfort of patients with serious medical problems. This new approach to therapy, combined with professional disciplines, can possibly help speed their recovery and comfort them while they are receiving ongoing medical attention. The oasis of green and tranquil sounds can also comfort loved ones dealing with stressful situations.

  • Unique was involved in the healing garden of Wesley Woods at Emory Healthcare (photos at right) through the Southeastern Flower Society’s Legacy Garden. The healing garden encompasses many features including patient assisting handrails, wheelchair accessible planting bed, bubbling fountain urn and a pergola for shade, all designed with very specific measures to ensure the safety of patients.
  • Kurt Hines, Horticultural Therapist at Wesley Woods at Emory Hospital, has selected Unique to implement the second phase of the center’s therapeutic garden. Unique is honored to participate again in a project which will make a significant difference in people’s lives.

Assisted living communities and hospitals can also bring these comforts to their residences by incorporating elements their residents and patients are accustomed to having in their previous homes landscape. Courtyards and common areas can be turned into therapeutic gardens providing many of the fragrances, sounds and colors in which these persons have been surrounded for most of their lives.

A new dimension to this Horticultural Therapy are gardens for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. These gardens help the patient to stimulate parts of their mind by association of plants, fragrance, texture, and color. Familiarity through association with their environment can stimulate thoughtful memories, promoting a familiarity of their surroundings and loved ones around them.