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Triborough Gardens of Healing
Walking Tour & Discussion

Photo: Wally Gobetz

What potentials do the city’s natural refuges hold for health and healing in response to illness, trauma, nutritional deficiency, and everyday stress? The festival started with a tour of the Garden of Healing, established by the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in response to the September 11 attacks. Following the tour, participants joined us in the Winter Garden for a discussion of how flora, design, and community can support one another, taking cues from the memorial garden and other instances of healing gardens in New York City, including proposals for a meditation garden near the Julia and Ned Arnold Center for Radiation Oncology at New York-Presbyterian Queens, The Healing Garden at Far Rock Farm, and the next phase of the PopUP Forest in Times Square.

Leading the tour was Wambui Ippolito, horticulturalist, New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.

This event was designated for AIA CES (1.5 LU | HSW) and ASLA CES (1.5 LU | HSW).

Presented with Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Garden.

This event was part of u feel ok?: Health & NYC, Van Alen’s fall program festival from November 11-13 exploring: How does the shape of the city impact our health? What is the physical imprint of healthcare in a city as dense as New York? How can designers and everyday citizens create spaces for everyone to thrive? We prescribed the urgent topic of health to design and other arenas like transportation, land value, and race, through four days of back-to-back debates, tours, and provocations across New York City.