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When I Go to Cornwall, UK I Would Like to Visit…

Something very interesting is happening in the Southern part of UK – here you find The Eden Project as well as Minack an outdoor theatre and magnificent garden. The Eden Project (photo by schrodingersduck) The largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe inspiring gardens, a rainforest and much more – take a… Read more »

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The Rise of Urban Farming

Grow fruits and vegetables in city towers? Advocates give a green thumbs up via The Rise of Urban Farming. And more about the benefits of urban farming at www.verticalfarm.com. Image by Adactio at Flickr.

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From Chicago to Copenhagen Roofs are Going Green

Imagine that you can relax or play in a garden – high above the street – with a great view over the city. In the past roof gardens was mostly for the few (and rich) however city planners have seen the many benefits of the roof gardens and new roof gardens are popping up a… Read more »

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Great Little Video; “What’s All About”

Why connecting with nature is so rewarding is explained and showed very well in the little video by Margaret Roach at her blog A way to garden.com. I found out about the blog and the video via the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Take a look at the video here. [Photy by Muffet, Flickr]

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Greenways in Copenhagen

Biking is one of the most common way of getting from A to B here in Copenhagen. We love to bike and the municipality do a lot to support good, efficient and safe bike lanes. 55 % of the Copenhageners bike to/from work and education – and 33% of these bike more than 4 kilometres… Read more »

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Redesign of Abandoned Urban Landscape

New York has got a new park (opened 2009), the High Line, built on the top of an abandoned elevated train line. The line runs from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea up to Hell’s Kitchen. Internationally known Landscape Architect James Corner from JCFO has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a park of… Read more »

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Why Playing in Nature is So Good for Children

In Denmark we have what we call “Forest Kindergarten” where children spend their Kindergarten time outside in a forest all year round. Here in Copenhagen where there is no forest the children are picked up by buses and taken to the forest. I hear from my friends who have their children in such Forest Kindergartens… Read more »

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Urban Gardens

As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape? In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees… Read more »

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Books: Beautiful and Inspiring Reading

I am about to discover that really many interesting books have been written about healing gardens and garden therapy. I have just finished reading two of them. Both of them written from the heart by authors who professionally work with healing gardens and both of them full of the most magnificent photos. The books are… Read more »

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A Garden I Would Like to Visit

There is a garden in the Northern part of Denmark – The Garden in Hune – that I very much would like to visit. The garden has been created by the artist Anne Just (ceramic artist and painter) and is a very personal and absolutely fascinating place. Take a look at the images and imagine… Read more »

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Book: Healing Spaces

I have just finished reading the book “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being” by Esther M. Sternberg, MD (published by Harvard University Press). It is a very interesting book. It shows how powerful places, sound & silence and visual aspects can be in moving people from illness to health. The complicated working relationship… Read more »

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Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children

A couple of days ago I took this online training “Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children” presented by: Naomi Sachs – www.NaomiSachsDesign.com & Tara Vincenta www.artemisLA.com. It was a great and very useful training. In Denmark the focus on the positive benefits of children experiencing the natural world has resulted in… Read more »

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Bringing Nature to Urban Spaces

You don’t have to live near by a forest or have your own garden to get access to the positive benefits of nature. If you like me live in an urban environment with more buildings than trees and more cars than gardens you might still want to invite nature into your daily life. Take a… Read more »

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Two new Healing Gardens in Copenhagen

Using gardens as part of a healing process in quit new in Denmark. However it seems as it is about to change. Two new healing gardens are on their way in Copenhagen. A healing garden is “a garden in a healing setting designed to make people feel better” (Eckerling, 1996, link to article). The goal… Read more »

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The Ultimate Green Area

We have all experienced it – some places feel so nice and interesting that we want to stay there. We feel relaxed and happy – it is places that we want to return to. Other places just don’t have that “magic touch” and we don’t feel like staying there. What is this “magic touch” that… Read more »