A garden at the heart of the healing
when, as often happens I couldn't sleep I stepped out into
the garden, and into another world. The paths were ribbons
of earth captured moonlight...”
A garden has always been at the heart of the
vision for the new Homoeopathic Hospital's healing process.
It has been shown time and again through independent research
that a person’s awareness of changing light and proximity
to the natural world has a remarkable effect on their sense
of well-being and recuperative ability. At Glasgow Homoeopathic
Hospital we have therefore designed the building so that every
patient has direct access to the garden from their room via
a wooden deck.
Here, the landscaped garden forms the focal
point of the hospital; an inviting outdoor extension to the
indoor healing environment. The garden affords a different
view from every window and suffuses the hospital with reflected
is a pleasant place to be. Working here reduces my old feelings
of my work being entirely separated from the rest of my life.”
Stephanie Wilson, Physiotherapy
The garden itself was designed and built by
Jane Kelly and a small, highly skilled team of builders. It
comprises a series of sculpted earth mounds and beds that
brim with rare flowers, wild grasses, trees and shrubs. Wide
stone paths lead through the inner garden towards the perimeter
path. Beyond this are the grassy mounds that now provide a
home to a family of foxes.
The landscaped garden is protected by
a 25m long living wall of willow, curved raised beds built
of blue glazed brick and, of course, seating. To find out
more about how the garden was conceived and constructed, follow
the navigation links on the left or top of this page.