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Presentations on Therapeutic Gardens

New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting
March 14th — “The Role of Landscape Architects as Healthcare Providers”

Missy Benson, RLA
Carol Krawczyk, RLA
Jack Carman, RLA, FASLA

We, as people, appear to be increasingly disconnected with the natural world as technology occupies more of our time.  One of the roles Landscape Architects can play is to help people reconnect with the natural world around them. The creation of outdoor areas that help people benefit from being in nature can improve their quality of life in many ways: activities such as walks in the park, relaxing in a hospital garden, exploring educational environments and other settings positively impact our lives. This session will provide a series of case studies demonstrating the positive impacts of our involvement with nature. We have created a matrix that illustrates how the various settings are tied to research and the reasons why they help to improve our quality of life.

Environments for Aging Expo & Conference – Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Februarty 17th — “Are All Gardens Safe? An Examination of the Dangers of Natural Elements”

Elizabeth Diehl, RLA, HTM, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture at Wilmot Gardens, University of Florida
Jack Carman, FASLA, RLA, President, Design for Generations, LLC
Brian Bainnson, ASLA, PLA, Quatrefoil Inc.

Examine the benefits of water features and plants, including improved mood, stress reduction, and improved health.
Understand the health concerns of water features and plants in various settings and current research on their safe use in public and private settings.
Review current examples and best practices of communities and facilities that have successfully incorporated water features and plants.
Obtain discussion points that describe the benefits and address the concerns of water features and plants with clients.

A Greater Capitol Hill For Long Life at Capital Villages, Washington, DC
December 9th — Making Our Community The Best Place in the World to Age. A panel discussion on the design of public spaces for seniors.

International Council of Active Aging annual conference in Orlando, FL
November 18th — Presenting two sessions:

  • The first session,  “The Importance of exercise in nature for older adults”, is co- presented with Missy Benson. The session will address why maintaining access to the outdoor environment is vitally important for the health and quality of life for older adults.
  • The second session ” Garden to Table: Creating memorable culinary experiences through resident involvement”, is co-presented with John Kennedy. The session will focus on developing relationships with culinary staff and residents in the creation of successful dining experiences.

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network annual meeting at Medford Leas, NJ
“Community Outreach – Bringing HT to Healthcare Communities”
October 21st — Healthcare is evolving and Horticultural Therapy should be a part of these changes. Healthcare settings are incorporating Meditation Gardens to help at-risk youth. Physical Therapy Gardens are being developed to make Acute Care facilities more appealing for potential patients. These and other examples will be presented as part of this session.

American Horticultural Therapy Association annual Conference at the St. Louis Botanic Garden in MO
September 17th — Presenting the Plenary Session – “Therapeutic Gardens – Designing a variety of garden settings to support Horticultural Therapy activities” Meditation gardens in healthcare environments, physical therapy gardens in acute care facilities and other garden types will be presented.

The Benefits of Nature – Are We Becoming an Indoor Culture
NJASLA Conference – 01/26/2015
Jack will be co-presenting at the NJASLA Conference in Atlantic City on Jan. 26th. Jack, Missy Benson and Carol Krawczyk will be speaking about “The Benefits of Nature – Are we becoming an indoor culture.”The session will address what the future of outdoor recreation will be like in a world that is increasingly becoming sedentary, revolving around technological devices such as “smart” phones, computers, X-boxes, etc. The presentation will highlight current research findings that discuss why outdoor recreation is critically important for people today. The three presenters will show how landscape architects are becoming increasingly involved in the research, design and evaluation of environments that support outdoor activities and demonstrate, through built examples, how natural settings and designed landscapes enhance peoples’ health and well-being.

Landscape Architects Conference in Denver
National ASLA Conference – 11/24/2014
Jack Carman, along with his colleagues Leah Diehl and Steve Mitrione, presented a session “Are all Gardens Safe?” at the National ASLA Conference on Nov. 24th in Denver.  Despite the many physical and psychological benefits of water features and real plants, their use is being questioned and increasingly discouraged by various agencies. The risk of toxicity or infection by air, soil, and water-borne disease has hindered the installation of new water features and led to the closing of existing water features and removal of plants. The session will review the benefits of water features and plants, discuss concerns about related toxicity, infection, and disease control, examine best practices for the use of plants and water, and suggest talking points in defense of their inclusion.

“Therapeutic, Restorative or Enabling: Are All Healing Gardens Designed the Same?”
ASLA National Meeting – Nov. 15, 2013

“Designing Environments for Memory Support”
Leading Age PA – June 20, 2013

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Faculty
Chicago Botanic Garden – Chicago, IL – May 15 – 17, 2013

The Woodland Garden – The intersection of Elders and Nature
Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network – Sept. 21, 2012

Healing through Nature” conference
The Salem VA Therapeutic Garden project
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Il – July 20-22, 2012

Using the Outdoor Environment to Enhance Wellness
Eden Alternative Conference – June 1, 2012

“Playing in Nature: Why Therapeutic gardens Benefit Everyone”
SCOSA, – May 15, 2012

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Faculty
Chicago Botanical Garden  – May 9 – 11, 2012

Lessons from Theme Parks – Influencing the Design of Senior Communities
Environments for Aging  – April 30, 2012

Making the World a Better Place
PA/DE ASLA Meeting – April 14, 2012

The Therapeutic Garden Project – Treatment for PTSD, TBI and Other Medical Conditions
Leading Age – Oct. 16, 2011

“Water in the Designed Landscape: Benefits, Precautions, and Recommendations”
“Restorative Spaces/Healing Places: How to Make a Landscape a Healing Garden”

ASLA Annual Meeting – Oct. 30, 2011

How to Use the Outdoor Environment to Enhance Wellness
Pioneer Network Conference – August 4, 2011

How to Use the Outdoor Environment to Enhance Wellness
Pioneer Network Conference – August 4, 2011

Healing Gardens
PA Hospital – July 29, 2011

The Environment and Wellness
ICAA Conference – Dec. 1, 2010

“The Healing Properties of Water”
AHTA Conference – Oct. 14, 2010

Restorative Gardens in Public Spaces
ASLA Annual Meeting – Sept. 9, 2010

“Breaking Barriers to Accessing Outdoor Spaces”
PANPHA Conference
June 25, 2010

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens in all Senior Living Environments”
Eden Alternative
June 14, 2010

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens in all Senior Living Environments”
Aging Services
May 20, 2010

“Neighborhoods for Aging”
Environments for Aging
March 23, 2010

“Restorative Landscapes”
New York ASLA Chapter
January 14, 2010

“Aging Populations and the Role of Therapeutic Design”
Idaho ASLA Chapter
October 23, 2009

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens in all Senior Living Environments”
International Association of Homes & services for the Aging, London
July 22, 2009

“Healthcare & Therapeutic Site Design Symposium” Short Course
School of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia
June 11 – 12, 2009

“Green Communities” and “Affordable Therapeutic Gardens in all Communities”
NJ Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference
May 27, 2009

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Faculty
Chicago Botanical Garden – Chicago, IL
May 6 – 9, 2009

“Designing Nature into Senior Residences”
Healing Gardens Conference, Medford Leas
April 23, 2009

“Successful Aging”
Delaware Regional Planning Commission, Phil., PA
Feb. 24, 2009

“Lessons from Theme Parks”
ICAA Conference – Dec. 4, 2008

“Emerging Dining Design Trends”
American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
November 9, 2008

“Connecting People with nature through Universal Design”
American Horticultural Therapy Assoc. – Nov. 1, 2008

“Designing Landscapes of Healing”
Brooklyn Botanic Garden – October 23, 2008

“Green Communities: A Growing Trend in Senior Living”
American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
October 13, 2008

“Designing Accessible Outdoor Environments for Older Adults” and

“Creating Walking Programs for the Older Adult”
PA Therapeutic Recreation Institute – June 5, 2008

“Gardens for Seniors”
Stockton Center for Successful Aging – May 29, 2008

“Walking:  Good for Your Body and Your Mind”
Senior Living Institute – March/April, 2008

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Faculty
Chicago Botanical Garden – Mar. 26 – 29, 2008

“In, Out and In Between: Spaces for Active Seniors”
By Design Conference – February 20, 2008

“Healthcare Gardens: A Part of the Prescription”
New Jersey ASLA Annual Meeting – January 29, 2008

“Horticultural Therapy Gardens”
Horticultural Society of New York – January 22, 2008

“Creating outdoor environments for older adults to thrive”
ICAA Annual Meeting – Nov. 29, 2007

“Butterfly Garden: The Metamorphosis of a Garden”
AHTA Annual Meeting –Oct. 24, 2007

“Universal Design: Lessons from Theme Parks”
AAHSA Annual Meeting – Oct. 20, 2007

“Landscape for all Ages and Abilities”
ASID ‘Homes for All Ages’ Symposium – Oct. 13, 2007

“Healthcare Garden Design”
ASLA Annual Meeting – Oct. 8, 2007

“Designing the Landscape for Enhanced Relationships”
AIA International Design Symposium – June 4, 2007

“Bringing the Community Together through Exterior Environments”
AIA NE Design for Aging Conference – April 12, 2007

“Emerging Trends in Landscape Architecture – The Coming Age Wave”
Montana ASLA Regional Meeting – March, 2007

“Landscaping in Senior Living Communities”
Connecticut Assisted Living Association, March 9, 2007

“Therapeutic Gardens in Senior Communities”
Gerontology Professional of Long Island Meeting
February, 28, 2007

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Instructor
Chicago Botanical Garden – February 23 – 26, 2007

“Therapeutic Garden Design and Veterans Affairs: Preparing for Future Needs”
American Horticultural Therapy Association National Conference
June 16, 2006

“Design for Aging in Place”
NJ Foundation for Aging Conference – June 8, 2006

“Design Charette”
Southern Botanical Gardens – June 3, 2006

“Plan It, Design It & Use It: A Success Story”
Mid-Atlantic American Horticultural Therapy Conference
May 19, 2006

“Plan It, Design It & Use It: A Success Story – The Re-design of the Therapeutic Garden at Cathedral Village Retirement Community”
American Recreational Therapy Association Conference
May 8, 2005

“Therapeutic Garden Design and Veterans Affairs: Preparing for Future Needs”
ASLA Therapeutic Garden Design Forum
October 10, 2005

“Plan It, Design It & Use It: A Success Story – The Re-design of the Therapeutic Garden at Cathedral Village Retirement Community”
American Horticultural Therapy National Conference
August 22, 2005

“Designing for Accessibility” – Designing Gardens
Brooklyn Botanic Garden – March 12, 2005

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Instructor
Chicago Botanical Garden – February 22 – 25, 2005

“The Spatial Implications of Successful Aging”
Gerontological Society of America Conference
November 21, 2004

“Creating Walking Programs for Older Adults”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
October 28, 2004

“The Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening”
Burlington County Office on Aging – October 13, 2004

“Walking Towards the Future”
NJANPHA Conference – June 3, 2004

“Therapeutic Gardens: New Perspectives”
ASLA PA/DE Conference – April 23, 2004

“The Restorative Powers of Nature for Older Adults” – Certificate Program
The Brookdale Foundation, Hunter College – April 15, 2004

“The Basics of Gardening A-Z”
NYC Department for the Aging – March 24, 2004

Healing Garden Certificate Program – Instructor
Chicago Botanical Garden – February 25 – 27, 2004

“Walking to the Future”
NJ/Eastern PA Therapeutic Recreation Association Conference
November 4, 2003

“The Basics of Therapeutic Gardens – A to Z”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
October 25, 2003

“Therapeutic Dimensions of the Environment”
American Society on Aging ‘2003 Summer Series’
July 15, 2003

“Designing Therapeutic Outdoor Gardens for Senior Communities”

Center on Ethnic and Minority Aging Conference

May 28, 2003

“Making Senior Communities Desirable Through Resident and Community Involvement”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
October 29, 2002

“Designing Appropriate Aging-in-Place Environments”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
October 28, 2002

“Recreating Outdoor Courtyards for Therapeutic Activities”
The American Horticultural Therapy Association
September 21, 2002

“Creating Gardens with Older Adults: A Community Culture Change Experience”
The Pioneers Network Conference 2002 – August 17, 2002

“Understanding the Older Adult and Their Need for Supportive Housing”
The American Institute of Architects National Conference
May 9, 2002

“The Special Relationships of Therapeutic Gardens and Restorative Landscapes for Seniors”
Medford Leas Continue Care Retirement Community
April 23, 2002

“Design Charette and Lecture”
Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments – April 19, 2002

“Therapeutic Gardens”
Brooklyn Botanic Garden – March 23, 2002

“Recreating Outdoor Courtyards for Therapeutic Activities”

“The Benefits of Creating Alzheimer’s Gardens – The Solheim Lutheran Home”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
November 6, 2001

“Creating Positive Living Environments for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”
The American Institute of Architects National Conference
May 18, 2001

“Creating Positive Living Environments for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”

“Designing Healthy Living Environments for Older Adults”
American Society on Aging and The National Council on Aging Conference
March 9-11, 2001

“Therapeutic Gardens for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
October 27, 2000

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”
Sixth International People-Plant Symposium – July 21, 2000

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease”
The World Alzheimer’s Congress 2000 – July 16, 2000

“Designing Living Environments for Older Adults”
The American Institute of Architects National Conference
May 6, 2000

“Creating Therapeutic Gardens – The Formula for Success”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference
October 25, 1999

“Therapeutic Benefits of the Outdoor Environment”
National Alzheimer’s Conference, Long Beach, California
July 19, 1999

“Interior Design/Wellness”
American Society for Healthcare Engineering – Planning Design and Construction Conference
March 18, 1999

“The Restorative Power of Nature and The Older Adult”
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference
November 6, 1998