January 5th

Turns out natural elements can help children recover more quickly in the hospital. A recent review of research on pediatric healthcare building design found that healing gardens were the most important nature element in promoting health and well-being.

The research review mentioned nine nature-related elements, including music, art, natural lighting and healing gardens. The reviewers concluded that research supports the value of healing gardens in hospital settings for adults and children, with nature acting as a buffer between life stressors and psychological distress. Other benefits of nature that were revealed in the review include a reduction in pain, less stress, enhanced social function, and an increased sense of control in healthcare environments.

This is just the latest proof that nature – including that found in our own backyards – is good for our health and well-being. To learn more, check out the Living Landscapes Fact Book.