Therapeutic Landscapes Network


Therapeutic Landscapes Network

A knowledge base and gathering space about outdoor spaces that promote health. We are an international, multidisciplinary community of designers, health and human service providers, scholars, and gardeners.

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Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2013

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Landscape Architecture Discussion Forum

More Therapeutic School Yards? 1 Reply

Started by Deborah Christman. Last reply by Marina Butorac Jul 29, 2013.

Textured pavement vs basic broom finish with smoothband

Started by Bill Delaney Jun 20, 2011.

recent stats on the use of healing gardens in care facilities 1 Reply

Started by Tanya Goertzen. Last reply by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC Dec 20, 2010.

What percentage of health care facilities have therapeutic landscapes? 1 Reply

Started by Tanya Goertzen. Last reply by Tanya Goertzen Nov 2, 2010.

Is therapeutic landscapes landscapes design growing in popularity? 6 Replies

Started by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC. Last reply by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC Sep 21, 2010.

Building a business in therapeutic/healing site design 3 Replies

Started by Tanya Goertzen. Last reply by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC Sep 21, 2010.

Recommendations for recent grads entering the discipline

Started by Allison Stevenson Jun 17, 2010.

Therapeutic Gardens for Veterans 2 Replies

Started by Brock Anderson. Last reply by Brock Anderson Apr 8, 2010.

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Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on January 31, 2011 at 11:03pm
He, that's a great question, and unfortunately, I don't have any solid answers for you yet. You can try doing a search on the TLN website ( - search box is in the top right-hand corner of every page. Of course, Zen gardens are now used a lot as meditative spaces in the West, but they are often far-removed in design and philosophy from the original Zen gardens of Japan. And I don't know if they have been studied in terms of outcomes for things like stress reduction, etc. I have often wondered about them, since most of the research points to the need for a ratio of more plant material than hardscape, and Zen gardens are often the opposite - some do not even have any plant material at all. And yet they seem to fulfill that function, at least in theory. So I look forward to your findings! Please share with me and the group as your project progresses.
Comment by Jessie He Hong on January 28, 2011 at 10:04am
i m start working on my thesis, my topic is about Japanese Zen garden on its therapeutic function. is there anyone familiar with Zen garden or any relate area?
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on November 12, 2010 at 11:04am
Today's blog post focuses on landscapes and horticultural therapy programs for veterans: Please take a look and add information and resources if you know of any! Thanks to several of our members for their great work on this subject. I mention you in the post.
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on October 27, 2010 at 2:31pm
"Therapy and Healing in the Garden" - that's this month's topic on the Garden Designers Roundtable, and I'm excited to be their first-ever guest blogger. Here's the link to GDRT and all 6 blog posts (including mine), and here's the direct link to mine, "Thoughts and Evidence on Therapy and Healing in the Garden." It's a pretty good primer, perhaps worthy of saving for dubious clients...As always, your comments are welcome!
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on October 20, 2010 at 10:08am
Join us one Facebook! I tend to be a little better about posting information, articles, etc. on the FB page, so please join us over there, too:

That said, Land8Lounge is still the best place for dialog and discussion, so keep the questions and comments coming!
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on August 5, 2010 at 8:27am
Going to the ASLA meeting this year? Here's a list of events germane to our group that you might want to attend:
Comment by Ralene on July 20, 2010 at 3:47am
For those interested read my thesis "A healing outdoor experience : the potential of outdoor environments to enhance psychological healing at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital"
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on July 8, 2010 at 4:12pm
"Make it Pretty and They Will Come: The Role of Aesthetics in Patient Satisfaction." New TLN Blog post.
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on July 1, 2010 at 2:57pm
“Therapy in the Desert” – Guest postt by TLN member Brice Bradley: Three healing gardens in the Phoenix, AZ area.
Comment by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on June 23, 2010 at 7:42am
Lerner Garden of the Five Senses - A Sensory Garden Worth Visiting! Fantastic guest blog post by TLN member Amy Wagenfeld.

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