Social & Therapeutic Horticulture


Category: Veterans, Therapeutic Design

Title: Evaluation of Military Service Member Preferences of Landscape Design Elements in Therapeutic Gardens (2024)


Summary: This study explored therapeutic garden design for the specific target population of veterans. 366 people responded to the online questionnaire, with clear differences in design preferences between military service members and civilians. Both like clear walkways, good lighting and natural views in a garden. However, military service members strongly prefer fences, gates and views that provide privacy, whilst having a clear line of sight to aid sense of safety.  These insights can help urban planners and landscapers design green spaces that better meet the needs of specific groups, highlighting the importance of creating inclusive environments.