Sensory Garden at the Herricks Alzheimer's Day Program
   
Project Name: Sensory Garden at the Herricks Alzheimer's Day Program
Year: 2011
Owner: Herricks Community Center
Location: Herricks, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 24 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Mark Scaramucci, Permascape Designs

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Owner/Designer: Mark Scaramucci, Permascape Designs
Greenwall Supplier: 'Anthony Caggiano and Mellisa Daniels, Plant Connection, Inc.
Greenwall System: G-O2? Living Wall, Plant Connection
Many of Permascape Designs' living walls are used in environments to either aid in contributing to sustainable building solutions, or to create esthetical living works of art. At the Herrick's Community Center Sensory Garden, a green wall was specially designed into the space to produce healing benefits for Alzheimer's patients.

Known as biophilic design, this practice incorporates elements derived from nature in order to maximize human function and health. Scientific studies have shown that including gardens in health care design has a restorative effect for both faculty and patients. Whether in a garden setting or dispersed throughout a building, natural forms provide an oasis from stress.

Permascape Designs was asked to design a "Sensory Garden" located in a courtyard area that was left unattended for years and was completely over grown. Introducing biophilic design was the goal for this space because it has been proven that nature promotes and aids in healing. Biophilic design creates a therapeutic and productive habitat to all that use the space.

"Gardens can not only bring balance and harmony to a space, but also provide a therapeutic platform in the rehabilitation of specific populations - such as, providing a space for reminiscence and recreation for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other populations."
We reached out to Plant Connection located on Long Island, NY because of their product reputation and extensive knowledge with Green Walls. The system installed is a 2'x2', 4" deep module that is pre-vegetated. The plant material was ordered and then established in these modules at the greenhouse.

This system is extremely easy to install. The wall we decided to install on was approximately 12' tall made out of brick and mortar. Using the provided brackets we attached them to the brick and hung the panels. Last was to install the irrigation. The panels have notches on the top that accommodate a drip line so again this was not difficult.

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See the eNewsletter article G-O2 Living Wall Enhances Biophilic Design from Plant Connection. Visit www.permascapedesigns.com for further information on the Designer/Installer and www.plantconnections.com to see the product info. Learn about Plant Connection in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.
 
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