Healthy Plants = Healthy People

The use of gardens in a space for recovery dates back to the earliest centers for treatment in western medicine.  As healthcare advances, plants for hospitals and elements of nature around those in medical facilities continue to speed up recovery times and improve overall health.

Indoor landscapes can contribute to achieving specific objectives, some of which include:

  • Promoting healing by offering places of refuge such as a therapeutic or healing garden.
  • Creating a more calming environment for guests and associates.
  • Masking unpleasant sounds with water features.
  • Creating aesthetically pleasing privacy screens.
  • Providing a high-impact amenity at a low cost.
  • Directing traffic patterns.
  • Creating a place to commemorate donors.

Overwhelming public appreciation for therapeutic and healing gardens make these projects ideal centers for fundraising efforts.  A healing garden can range from a small corner garden to a lush atrium.  Regardless of the size we can work with you and your team to determine a budget and a long-term master plan.  Donor commemorations can be engraved on planters, benches, stones, or plaques.

Planterra’s Health Centered Approach

As the interior landscape provider for many of the leading medical institutions, we understand the concerns that are unique to hospitals and medical facilities.  We regularly incorporate the following practices and considerations in new installations in hospitals:

Our indoor plants are grown in a sterilized soil-less growing media. The mixture does not contain any material that could be used as a food source for mold.
Planterra uses a self-contained watering technology called sub-irrigation. The system delivers a precise amount of water to the plant as needed. This prevents risks of over watering and eliminates the exposed moist growing media to the air.
Some areas are not suitable for live plants. In these situations, we will select the most realistic replica plants for your interior. After we install your replica foliage, we will offer a cleaning and dusting proposal. Cleaning is especially important in medical environments as the collection of dust can aggravate medical conditions. Visit our replica plant section for more information on the cleaning and lifecycle of artificial plants.

“Allergy Free” Plantings

We will select plants for your interior landscape that adhere to the concerns that are specific to your facility. The following are some examples:

Our blooming plants on color rotation can be limited to “allergy free” varieties. These are plants that do not release irritable airborne pollen. For example, the commonly used bromeliad reproduces by the producing “pup” plants, which off-shoot from the mother.
It is Planterra’s policy not to allow “green plants” or “non-decorative blooms” to flower. Most indoor environment “green plants” do not receive enough light for a plant to flower. In the rare circumstance where such a plant may begin to produce a bud, our horticultural technicians are trained to remove it before it goes into bloom.
Some topdressing such as natural Spanish Moss can affect people with allegories and/or compromised immune systems. For this reason Artificial Spanish Moss is our standard topdressing. For hospitals and medical facilities, we recommend river stones for topdressing. Round river stones can be easily kept clean and can add a cutting-edge style to the presentation.
Some indoor plants such as the rubber tree contain natural latex in its ducts (a layer of a sap-like substance under the bark). We avoid using such plants in understory plantings where the foliage would be within reach of small children. During pruning, it is Planterra’s policy to isolate and cover areas affected with tarps.
Planterra’s maintenance polices on cleanliness, safety, and client privacy is among the most stringent in the industry. Our horticultural technicians are trained to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the design and do so while promoting a healthy environment.

Plants for Good Health

Many studies have concluded that plants contribute to the healing process.  For example, the 200-person study, Evaluating a Children’s Hospital Garden Environment: Utilization and Consumer Satisfaction (Whitehouse 2001), identified the following key concepts:

  • Patients’ stress levels increase in the hospital, however exposure to natural settings has the ability to reduce stress and enhance the process of healing.
  • Hospitals can confuse and feel unfamiliar to new patients, causing stress for them and their families.  Incorporating aspects of nature within this environment can be familiar and relaxing to these individuals.
  • Ninety-percent of adults who utilized the garden setting reported a positive change in mood after spending time there. 
  • The garden was a success for children with autism who found more visual interest in the natural environment than the hospital setting, and was a positive distraction for children coming into the clinic for treatments of diseases such as cancer 

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