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What is a Healing Garden and How to Create One in Your Backyard?

Everyone knows that a complete peace and quiet are the essential components of a healing process. Unfortunately, in a present-day urban environment, sometimes even in the suburbs, such a spot is nearly impossible to find. Therefore, if you or someone in your family have suffered a serious injury or a major mental breakdown (due to work-related or an emotional stress), what you need to do is create a space that will facilitate your recovery.

The best way to do so is to make a healing garden in your own backyard. Aside from helping you mentally recover, having such a place in your nearest vicinity may act therapeutically as a preventive measure as well, and therefore prevent the above-mentioned breakdown before it even happens. With this in mind and without further ado, here are a few tips that might help you construct your own healing garden.

1. Four natural elements

The first step towards the recreating a perfect balance of nature lies in the idea of emulating four natural elements in this closed biosphere. Seeing as how you have more than enough air and earth, what you need now are water and fire (although the latter may have an adverse effect if not utilized properly). A simple DIY fountain can act as a natural tranquilizer, not only with its calming presence but also with a sound of utmost serenity its flow creates.

As for the fiery element, while some may prefer to install an outdoor fireplace or even a fire pit for quiet evening gatherings, perhaps it is safer to go with some scented candles instead. Not to mention that this method is more cost-effective.

2. The best of both worlds

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that although you want to create an oasis of nature, wild growth is not precisely what you are aiming at. What you need is to combine the most beautiful and serene shapes, colors and aromas of nature and combine them with a bit of landscaping. Here, we are talking about some basic projects such as creating a garden path, earth moving and an installation of a simple irrigation system (another idea for your introduction of water element). While some may be afraid that this would require them to adopt too many new skills and abilities, you can simply outsource this work to an end-to-end landscaping company such as Brad’s Mini Excavation.

3. Not just about the exterior

Finally, you need to keep in mind that even during the most temperate of seasons, you won’t be able to spend as much time outside as you may like. However, even this scenario can be turned towards your benefit. One of the most important aspects of a healing garden is still a visual stimulus and this is something you can enjoy even while inside of your home.

This is why, you might want to install transparent slide-doors between your living room and your backyard, thus creating the impression that they both belong to a single cohesive unit. This feeling can greatly be enhanced by the heavy usage of houseplants, as well. You also might want to check how does your garden appear from each backyard-facing window in the house.


As far as the choice of shrubbery and flowers go, you can feel free to adjust your garden to your own personal preferences. You can either create fascinating structures with flowerbeds, make a Japanese stone garden or even go as far as to grow your own foods and ingredients there. This kind of manual labor can have more than a few therapeutic traits of its own. Either way, your options are numerous and the final say is all yours.

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