Patrick Alan Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, FCELA — Professor of Landscape Architecture based in Blacksburg, Virginia and Nye , Montana

Therapeutic Gardens

Therapeutic Gardens

Patrick A. Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, FCELA
Brent Sisco, MLA Graduate, Virginia Tech
Hooman Koliji, Ph.D. Student, Virginia Tech

Throughout history, gardens have been used to aid the healing process. When our ancestors were ill, they spent time in nature and breathed the fresh air to restore their health. With the advances in medical technology in the 20th century, the use of gardens as healing tools began to diminish. But now there seems to be a movement to return nature to the lives of patients spurred by an army of landscape architects, horticulture therapists, nurses, environmental psychologists, gardeners and, most of all, the patients, families, and friends who have found themselves inside dreary hospitals facing life threatening diseases and illnesses for which there are no magic cures. There is evidence that indicates that there are healing relationships between the environment (nature) and our health, and when this relationship is out of balance, our health suffers.

Poster for Deans' Forum on Health, Food and Nutrition