A therapeutic garden for your body mind and spirit
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strength and

happiness and

healing and

warmth and

joy, health

creativity and


beauty, clarity


balance, harmony

On the map
109 E. Hackberry
 (L off N. Llano past Morse)
 Fredericksburg, TX 78624

The Angels Lodge
Main Street B&B Service
The Peach Basket
The Secret Garden
August E's Restaurant
Navajo Bar and Grill

"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft and of thy store two loaves are left,
Sell one and with the dole buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."
~ Sa'di - 1248
Introduction to Healing Gardens
Vessel Once again I'd like to thank you for allowing me to share some information about Healing Gardens with you at the June meeting. The subject is wide and varied and there are many approaches to what a healing garden is, however the purpose remains the same - a space devoted to nurturing the body, mind and spirit. Start with a plant or an object you love and create around it.

I have compiled a list of resources below that I hope will help to guide you and quench your thirst for more information (for now). I've also added several files for you to download on the website which include plans for a Fragrant Garden, A Moon Garden as well as the link to "The Lost Gardens of Heligan" and the Mud Lady Sculpture at the 4Head Healing Garden, winner of the 2006 Prestigious Chelsea Flower Show also the Native American Tipi Garden.

You are welcome to visit my blog or contact me via email.

I wrote this page in response to the request for more information after I gave a talk about Healing Gardens to the Master Gardeners of Kerr/Gillespie Counties in June 2012 and hopefully this short note will help avoid confusion for our other readers.

My introduction to Healing Gardens
A short talk about how the Healing Garden came about. Presented by Vessel.

The Healing Garden FBG

The Healing Garden in Fredericksburg was established in Fall 2010 as a personal healing journey and gift to this wonderful community. These pictures were taken in Spring 2013 and the newest addition to the garden are the English Roses. Please see the picture below of this stunning first bloom on David Austin's "Grace". Though the garden is not open to the general public we do allow for small groups by appointment only.

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The Native American Tipi Garden

I designed this Native American garden while working at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm 2004-07 using the ancient Native American "Three Sisters Technique" of planting Corn, Squash and Beans in a hill. I also intermixed other Native American heirloom seeds around the hills. Some of the varieties used were:
  • Hopi Black Dye Sunflowers
  • Native American Green Corn
  • Hopi Red Dye Amaranth
  • Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
  • Blackfoot Daises
  • Hopi Orange Squash

The 4 Head Healing Garden: 2006 Winner - Chelsea Flower Show

The poem on the bridge in the photo below is "Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by William
Butler Yeates and is presented for your enjoyment beneath the 4 Head Healing Garden images.

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven: ~William Butler Yeates

External Links

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Garden Plans

Seed of Life Garden Plan Downloadable PDF
Moon Garden Plan Downloadable PDF
Fragrant Garden Plan Downloadable PDF

Vessel's Gardening Boards on Pinterest

Divine gardens
A gardening we will go
Herb gardens
The veggie patch
Garden projects
Outdoor living
The art of gardening
Let food be thy medicine
Natural herbal remedies
For the love of trees

Healing Gardens in the Health Care System

Healing Gardens - Therapeutic Landscapes at Henry Ford Hospital
UW 360 - November 2010 Edition: Healing Gardens

Other Resources

Healing and Therapeutic Gardens, books, articles and more
This is an excellent resource with all kinds of information on Healing and Therapeutic Gardens, books, articles etc...

The Lost Gardens of Heligan 1
The Lost Gardens of Heligan 2
These are videos from the BBC on "The Lost Gardens of Heligan"... a must see for any gardener!
The Lost Gardens are open to the public, if you're planning a trip to the UK they're well worth a visit.

History and Designing a Medicinal Herb Garden

The Native American Three Sisters Gardening Techniques
The history of medicinal herbs
Herb Garden Design Plans for the Healing Garden
Herb Garden Design Plants for the Healing Garden
Designing and planting a medicinal herb garden

Texas Native Medicinal Herbs and Plants

Native Texas edible & medicinal plants
Healing Gardens Thesis Downloadable PDF
Medicinal herbs

Drought tolerant Herbs

Plant drought tolerant herbs
Drought tolerant medicinal herbs
What are drought tolerant herbs

Shade loving Herbs

7 herbs that grow in shade
Herbs & vegetables for shadier balconies
A garden of shade loving herbs

These resources have most likely been released into the public domain.
The Healing Garden does not own all of the copyright to the information presented in the links above. Where the information may have been released under a copyright restriction it has been republished as fair use of the works in the interest of public awareness.

Updated 1st June 2013

Other areas you may enjoy
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