Why do we find the sound of running water soothing, a bouquet of flowers uplifting or a large tree captivating? Our ancient ancestors knew that a running stream signaled clean water, flowers heralded fruit and large trees provided a strategic advantage. Together, these and other landscape elements indicated a safe, nurturing habitat.

Today, we still prefer landscapes that offer a healthy environment and support a feeling of deep psychological and physiological well-being. A modern restorative garden draws from these life-supporting surroundings to bring a sense of calm to public spaces and private residences. Find inspiration to instill peace and serenity in your world from these examples of healing gardens.