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The Therapeutic Landscapes Network is a knowledge base and gathering space about healing gardens, restorative landscapes, and other green spaces that promote health and well-being. We are an international, multidisciplinary community of designers, health and human service providers, scholars, and gardeners. Though our focus is broad, our primary emphasis is on evidence-based design in healthcare settings.
Rushland irises image courtesy of J. Alex Halderman
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Vincent Van Gogh painted his famous “Iris” series at the Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, in Saint-Remy, France, in the Spring of 1889. Allowed to roam the asylum’s grounds, Van Gogh began painting almost immediately. In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh wrote: “...you will see that considering my life is spent mostly in the garden, it is not so unhappy.” That summer, he wrote: “For one’s health it is necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing.”
(J. Paul Getty Museum exhibit, “Vincent’s Irises,” 1999).