(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Differently Designed Parts of a Garden Support Different Types of Recreational Walks: Evaluating a Healing Garden by Participatory Observation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Tenngart Ivarsson Carina (1) ; Grahn Patrik (1) ;
(1) Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


By participatory observation the researchers have observed when and where patients choose to walk while they were undergoing a treatment program for stress related diseases in a healing garden. The aim was to deepen the knowledge on environment–behaviour relations needed when designing gardens, parks, public open spaces and especially therapeutic environments. The purpose was to explore how patients use and interact with this therapeutic setting by looking at behaviour and location. This can be viewed as a kind of qualitative evaluation of the design of the garden. Depending on people's need and intentions, two main types of recreational walks (Introvert and Extrovert walks) have been observed, each with three sub-groups. These walks take place in different parts of the garden having different characteristics, confirming the need for knowledge on the relation between the design of green spaces and the activities this stimulates.


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no5 [pp. 519-537]
Published in 20121001



Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2011.641948

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