John Sykes Curtis Harvey Center

   for Healing and Stress Reduction

Massachusetts Healing Gardens

Blackstone River Healing Garden (for use by cancer patients, survivors and their families), Worcester, MA. Planned for small piece of state parkland along the Blackstone River. One should confirm that this has opened to the public.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Healing Garden, Northampton, MA (30 Locust Street [Route 9]) Planned. Confirm that this has opened first.

Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA (on second floor of hospital, built Japanese Zen indoor garden style, includes sand, stone walkway and benches).

Hope in Bloom helps create free healing indoor or outdoor gardens for Massachusetts women for those undergoing breast cancer. At last count there are 45 Hope in Bloom gardens across Massachusetts.

Howard Ulfelder Healing Garden at the Yawkey Center, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA. (6300-square-foot healing garden on the eighth floor rooftop of the Yawkey Center)

Mary Eagan Garden, Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham, 9 Hope Ave, Waltham, MA 02453-2765. (781) 216-2000.

Mass General/North Shore Medical Center for Outpatient Care, North Shore Cancer Center, Danvers, MA (tear-shaped garden on back of building facing wetlands; contains paved path, benches, water fountain, climbing flowers on trellis, willow trees, varied annuals and perennials). Confirm that this is completed

Merrimack Valley Healing Garden (Trauma Intervention Program) at Schruender Park and Brenda Waller Way, Methuen, MA. One should confirm that this has opened to the public.

Reading Hospital Healing Garden in Reading, MA (variety of plantings, soothing noise of running water, family of geese, golden finches and butterflies, benches)

Sachem Hawk Farm in Middleboro, MA. Available to patients of Jordan Hospital's Cranberry Hospice. One should confirm that it is open to the public as well. [[ Scheduled - July 2009 ]]

Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard, MA (145 Bolton Road). 978-456-3532. Open to public M-F from 9-5. Directions. Pictures.

Other Healing Gardens:


Enid Haupt Glass Gardens. NYU Medical Center: Outpatient Education Frnt, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine, 550 1st Ave., New York, NY 10016-6497. (212) 263-7204.

Garden of Healing, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301, (718) 448-2500. Healing garden designed by local residents.

Joel Schapner Memorial Garden. Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Ctr., 1249 5th Ave, NY, NY.Peaceful and tranquil rooftop garden to increase awareness of nature for AIDS patients and visitors

Maine Medical Center Healing Garden, 84 Campus Dr., Scarborough, ME 04704-7133. (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day; 130' x 40' healing garden built in 2004, just outside hospital entrance to children's cancer center; wide diversity of flowers; still pond in center) 207-396-7000.

Nathan's Garden (Intersection of Maple St. and Downing Rd.), Hanover, NH (created by the Hall Family out of a portion of their land in memory of their 20-year old son Nathan, killed in a car crash in 1991; garden is small but contains a pond with lily pads, a gazebo half way up the hill and varied plants and flowers beautifully landscaped)

Native American Medicine Wheel. Mesa Creative Arts, 30 Miller Business Park Dr., Burgettstown, PA 15021-2374

Path of Life Sculpture Garden, 36 Park Rd, Windsor, VT 05089-4401. (802) 345-5616. Requires admission: contains: Sacred Labyrinth; Lawn Maze; Meditative Park featuring tributes to Birth, Death, Rebirth, Community, Creativity, Family, etc. Inspired by one of Europe's most famous Japanese gardens, The Life of Man.


Garden of Hope & Courage, Naples, FL. (239) 434-6697.

Rehabilitation Garden at Shepherd Centre, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, 2020 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Sarah P Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham, NC 27708-0001. (919)


Aurora Health Care's St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI (garden for care of body, mind and spirit)

Debra Saber-Salisbury Memorial Garden, William Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak. 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Lovely healing gardens. Pictures here:

Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden. Cleveland Botanical Garden. 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. 216-721-1600.

Euclid Hospital. 18901 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid, OH 44119. (216) 531-9000. Healing garden accessible through cafeteria. Sited along Lake Erie: includes flower gardens, waterfall, stone walkways.

Medicine Wheel Park. Exit 292 From I-94, Valley City, ND 58072. (701) 845-7334. Directions: Exit 292 from I-94 in Valley City, ND. After exiting the Interstate and driving north 1000 feet, turn right (east) onto Winter Show Rd. Within half-mile turn left (north) at the 'Medicine Wheel Park' sign. For tours: Alice Beauchman (701 845-7454 or

Norma's Healing Garden, The Gathering Place. The Arnold & Sydell Miller Family Campus, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH 44122. Photos of Norma's Healing Garden at: Healing Garden. Offers Programs free of charge to those touched by cancer.

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. 1401 S California Ave. Chicago, IL 60608. (773) 522-2010

Wings of Hope Angel Healing Garden. Edward Hospital, 801 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540. Therapeutic water garden for parents that have lost a child.

Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury, MN 55125. Campus contains 6 healing gardens: Six gardens on the campus: Sumac Ridge; Tribute Garden; Sensory Garden; Oak Savanna; Moonlight Garden; Wildflower Meadow.


AIDS Memorial Grove. 870 Market St # 965, San Francisco, CA 94102-2912. (415) 765-0497. (Middle Dr. E & Bowling Green Drive)

Arizona Cancer Center Healing Garden at UMC North,3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719. (520) 694-2873. Healing garden features a wide array of drought-resistant trees, cacti and flowering plants found in the local Sonoran Desert

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. 1111 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85006. (602) 839-2000.

Benaroya Hall, Garden of Remembrance. Corner of Second Avenue and University Street,200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101. Garden of Remembrance is a memorial to 8,000+ Washington citizens who gave their lives in the service of our country since 1941. Half-acre, L-shaped garden with slender reflecting pools and walls of granite along the south and west sides of Benaroya Hall.

Bloedel Reserve. 7571 NE Dolphin Dr., Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110-1097. (206)

Big Horn Medicine Wheel. Big Horn North. Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming.

Burn Center Garden, Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, 3001 N. Gantenbein Ave, Portland, OR.

Burn Center Garden won American Horticultural Therapy Assoc Award in 2006.

California School of Herbal Studies, 9309 Hwy 116, Forestville, CA 95436-9235. (707) 887-7457.

Cancer Clinic of Alta Bates. 2450 Ashby Ave., Berkeley CA.

Cancer Lifeline Center. 6522 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light. 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

Children's Hospital Healing Garden at Legacy Emanuel. Portland, OR. Children's Hospital Healing Garden won Amer. Horticultural Therapy Assoc Award in 2006

City of Hope National Medical Center. 1500 East Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010. (626)

Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center. 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553-3156. (925) 335-9959.

El Camino Hospital Cancer Center. 2490 Hospital Drive, Mountain View, California 94040. (650) 988-8338

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 1100 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109-4433. (206) 667-5000.

Grace Cathedral Indoor and Outdoor Sacred Labyrinths. 1100 California St.,San Francisco, CA 94109

Harrison Medical Center, 2520 Cherry Ave., Bremerton, WA. Rooftop garden uses just medicinal plants. Also are constructing an Oncology Healing Garden. Pictures here:

Lancaster VA Clinic. 547 W Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534-2533. (661) 729-8655. Not sure this is open to public.

Long Beach VA Hospital. 5901 E 7th St., Long Beach, CA 90822. Not sure this is open to public.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304. (650) 497-8000. Plans for healing garden unveiled in May 2009; check to make sure finished.

Marin Cancer Centre. 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae, CA 94904-2011

Portland VA Medical Center. 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, Oregon 97239.(503) 220-8262. Not sure this is open to public.

Rady Children's Hospital. 3020 Childrens Way, San Diego, CA 92123. (858) 576-1700.

Sacred Heart Medical Center At RiverBend. 3333 RiverBend Drive, Springfield, OR 97477-8800.(541) 222-7300.

Salk Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037. (858) 453-4100

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Healing Garden. 525 N Santiam Hwy., Lebanon, OR 97355. (541) 258-2101. Japanese landscape design in central courtyard. Visitors and staff benefit from access to the healing garden, designed to allow public access while at the same time ensuring the patient privacy.

San Francisco Medical Center. 1001 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110. (415) 206-8000.

Santa Rosa Community Hospital. 3325 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa, California 95404

St. Vincent Hospital Healing Garden. Christus St. Vincent Medical Group Specialty Care: Regional Cancer Center, 455 St Michaels Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 820-5233. Native NM healing garden with plants like rabbitbrush, hardy cinquefoil, aspen, juniper, and pine. Built in benches. Lavender bushes and other native shrubs. More at:

Serenity Garden at Scripps Mercy Hospital. 4077 Fifth Avenue. San Diego, CA 92103.

The Healing Garden at Good Samaritan Hospital. 1015 NW 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97210

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children's Hospital. 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94115

University of Washington Medical Center Healing Garden. 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA. Designed in collaboration with U. Washington students. 4 separate rooftop spaces, separated by lattice screens. Views of water and surrounding hills. Places to sit; plants designed to attract

VA Puget Sound Health Care System. (Fisher House Healing Garden). Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Seattle. 1660 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108-1597. (206) 762-1010. Not sure this is open to public .

VA Ventura Clinic. 120 N Ashwood Ave., Ventura, CA 93003. Not sure this is open to public.

West Los Angeles VA Hospital. 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Not sure this is open to public.

White Memorial Medical Center Healing Garden. Specialty Care Tower, 1720 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033


Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden. Box 52, SE-230 53 Alnarp. Lomma, SWEDEN.

Blackthorn Medical Centre. St Andrew's Rd., Maidstone ME169AN, UNITED KINGDOM. Phone: 01622-722236.

Cedarview Lodge. 1200 Cedar Village Close, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3P3, CANADA. (604) 904-6400

Center for Addiction and Mental Health (formerly called Queen St Mental Health), 1001 Queen St W.,Toronto, ON M6J 1H1, CANADA. Affiliated with Univ. of Toronto. (416) 535-8501. Includes Geriatric Healing Gardens; believe open to public, but should call to confirm.

Chemainus Health Care Centre, 9909 Esplanade Street RR 1, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1, CANADA. (250) 246-3291Lucas Special School Sensory Gardens.

Lucas Special School, Queens Rd. Canada Bay NSW 2046, AUSTRALIA.Phone: (02) 9744 6461. Special education facility linked to nearby pediatric hospital. A series of courtyards have been developed into gardens over the years. Most of the young users relyon wheelchairs or cots, and thus the garden is universally designed to accommodate the needs of all. Centerpiece is a sensory garden with series of curved, raised planters enclosing number of “activity stations” and providing space for sensory plantings. The activity stations allow children to explore different textures and play with water through a splash table. Also a number of quieter areas for music therapy & family time. Other spaces: shade house, compost area, grassy field, outdoor concert stage, potting shed, earthworm bins and native plant propagation area. The garden is open to the larger community. Call ahead to see if you or your group are welcome.

Saanich Peninsula Hospital. 2166 Mt Newton Cross Rd., Central Saanich, BC V8M 2B2, CANADA

Other Resources

See also Theraupetic Landscapes Network that has a list of healing gardens nationwide.

See Deborah Leader, "Tips for Planting a Healing Garden"

National Garden Bureau, "The Healing Garden"

There are over 2000 labyrinths in the US. To find one near you, visit the World-wide Labyrinth Locator ( For a list of labyrinths at hospitals, click here (

Please send us healing gardens near you so we can expand the list to Thanks.
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