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Adding Gardens to Health-Care Facilities to Help Promote the Healing

Minneapolis Star Tribune; August 11, 1013

The popularity of gardens at health-care facilities has exploded in recent years, in response to research showing a link between nature and healing, including relief from symptoms, stress reduction and improvement in overall sense of well-being and hopefulness.

Humans are "hard-wired" to find nature engrossing and soothing, according to the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing.

"All those things we know as gardeners, but now there's empirical research to back it up," said Jean Larson, a horticultural therapist who teaches at the center and heads the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Therapeutic Horticulture and Recreation Services.

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