- the healing garden
A garden at the heart of the healing
The choice of plants seeks to provide year round
beauty of bark, bud, leaf and flower. Many of the plants are
also the ingredients of traditional herbal medicines –
fennel, comfrey and eucalyptus in the herb garden, echinea
and yarrow around the raised beds. Others are used in Homoeopathic
remedies – back bamboo in the gravel courtyard, rhododendrons
along the woodland edge – and even the honey bees themselves
who love to feast on the eupatorium!
“The peace and tranquillity
here is wonderful. It’s more restful than a holiday.”
Patients have repeatedly described how the hospital
garden has a calming, healing effect. Recounting their recuperative
experiences, almost all refer directly to the garden, and
some attribute the main benefit to it.
Indeed patients like to sit out in it, even the Scottish rain.
Especially important has been the effect
on terminal patients and their families. The architectural
full wall of glass, with sliding door access to nature has
a powerfully comforting and balancing effect. Staff too sing
its praises …. And a wildlife of foxes, robins, bees
and butterflies have started to colonise it.
”One of the reasons I wanted
to work at the Homoeopathic Hospital, is the building. It
is light and airy and welcoming. The sense of space is extravagant
for a hospital. The best thing about working here is opening
the windows and listening to the birds singing as I work.”
Candida Fenton - Librarian at GHH