Remodel of two gardens for memory care support
A fundamental understanding of memory loss brought on by old age or illness is essential in the design of Memory Gardens. While gardens cannot reverse the loss, the fragrances, colors, textures and sounds of plants and the wildlife they attract can stimulate memories. At the same time, the plants can not have any poisonous parts, whether it be leaves, flowers, or fruit.
For both their Bothell Landing and Pacific Facilities, Chateau Retirement wanted to renovate their existing grounds to create environments that stimulated memory. In the gardens, our designers created flat, accessible loop paths specifically to respond to the needs and habits of Alzheimer patients. Highly sensory plants are incorporated into the landscape to stimulate the senses; plants that make noise when they rustle in the wind, are highly fragrant, attract birds and butterflies and can be eaten without repercussions. Old fashioned plants, such as lilac, mock oranges, and rock-rose, spark residents’ memories. Benches and trellises provide seating along the loop, and an herb garden was planted for the kitchen as well as for residents to enjoy.
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