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Transformative Landscapes: Healing Gardens and Sacred Spaces

  • Date

    January 11, 2017

  • Time

    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Location

    Pinsent Room

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre



Research has revealed the positive affect healing gardens have on patients’ experience of health care facilities – shorten stays and improving patient outcomes.

This session will take participants on a journey of exploration and discovery through examples of award winning work to unpack the questions, ‘What makes a healing garden, a healing garden?’ and how these spaces can be transformative. How does one move from Big Idea through planning, construction, and funding to Opening Day, programming and beyond?

The process of creating a transformative healing garden – from engaging with stakeholders to donor cultivation, from funding to building and then – most importantly – managing such a garden.


  • Virginia Burt

    Virginia Burt FCSLA, FASLA

    Virginia Burt Designs Inc.

    Burlington, ON

    Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations.

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