Garden Story: Episode 7- The Garden as Healer| 26mins
Director: Bill Reifenberger | Producer: Bill Reifenberger
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
This program is about the power of gardens to heal in a variety of contexts, including several medical facilities and a memorial to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Featured gardens include one for AIDS patients, a rehabilitation garden for children with neurological and orthopedic problems, a garden addressing the needs of those suffering from Alzheimer's and a series of memorial groves serving to heal the psychological trauma of the events of 9/11. The viewer experiences in vivid detail how such restorative gardens are an integral part of the practice of medicine through their capacity to relieve the stress of patients, their families, and medical staff. The viewer also observes how these gardens overcome the passivity and the boredom of confinement and promote a strong sense of community and empowerment aiding the effectiveness of medical treatment. In addition, the program depicts how such restorative landscapes can serve to heal individuals in contexts other than medical facilities by serving as commemorative landscapes to assuage grief. The episode features landscape architect David Kamp, who discusses with Garden Story host Rebecca Frischkorn the design features of the various gardens, three of which are his own creations. Patients and medical staff also attest to the extraordinary therapeutic powers of these gardens. â€œGarden Story" is a documentary series depicting the extraordinary power of gardens to transform our lives and strengthen our communities. Ten engaging episodes filmed across America profile a wide variety of remarkable gardens. Some are creating positive social change in our cities, while others are protecting our natural environment. Among the exceptional gardens featured are therapeutic gardens providing healing and stress reduction in medical facilities, community gardens renewing urban neighborhoods, a teaching garden for inner-city children, a world-famous botanical garden supporting a global agenda of environmental stewardship, and a wet-lands habitat garden preserving endangered species in a rare mountain ecosystem. "Garden Story" challenges common perceptions of what defines a garden and explores the many different roles that gardens play in today's world.