Topiary at the Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital Garden. Photo by Max Sokol
In the following interview, Teresia Hazen answers questions by Addie Hahn, a writer who is also working towards her Child Life credential, about the Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital Garden, which won the American Horticultural Therapy Association Therapeutic Garden Award in 2000. Below are excerpts from the interview, and images of the garden by Max Sokol. To read the full interview, visit the Therapeutic Landscapes Network website.
Teresia Hazen, M.Ed., HTR, QMPH is the Coordinator of Therapeutic Gardens and Horticultural Therapy for Legacy Health System in Oregon.
“A Running, Hollering, Skipping, Playing Place: A Conversation with Teresia Hazen on the Legacy Emanuel Children’s
AH: Could you briefly describe the design process that led to the creation of the Emanuel Children’s Hospital garden?
TH: We did our design work in 1996. Then it was a three-stage process to develop all this, between 1997-99. Two major elements we wanted to
address in this garden for kids and their siblings were a therapeutic
focus and a restorative focus, or unstructured, independent time. To
develop our list of therapeutic requirements, we needed to involve the
clinicians. And in these meetings, we needed to hear about the dreams,
the aspirations and the clinical goals of each team. We had Physical
Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists,
Child Life, Spiritual Care, Managers, Horticultural Therapists and our
Landscape Architect. All of those people had very specific goals and
needs for the garden setting.
The second reason we have the garden is to provide a restorative setting for every patient, visitor and employee 24-7. So we had to be
thinking about some of the elements that were needed for that. One of
those turned into the 3-5 niche spots, or bump-out areas where a small
group can gather to socialize, provide emotional support or grieve
For more of this interview, please visit the Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog.