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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital – Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital – Elmhurst, Illinois

Just west of Chicago, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare commissioned Mariani to design a series of courtyard healing gardens for its newly completed healthcare facility. “A healing garden represents much more than just materials and plantings, it’s a chance to really think about the space, how people interact with it and invest meaning in it,” says landscape architect Carrie Woeblen-Meade.

The garden, divided to include both formal and natural spaces, was designed to accommodate a variety of users: a cancer garden featured benches and statues for reflection; a heart health garden with open areas offered the opportunity for aerobic exercise and yoga; and a children’s garden had brightly colored statues and marbles that doubled as groundcover and toys. Construction was completed in 2010.

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