Nature Rx Planting Design

Research has shown that getting outside in nature greatly improves your physical and mental wellbeing. The Dana Garden is located outside of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Being a graduate student, I know first-hand how important it is to take time out of your day, no matter how busy you may be, and take a mental break. The Dana Garden uses a naturalistic planting style to draw University students, faculty, and staff in to recharge through nature. There are opportunities to pause and watch the birds forage for food, caterpillars turn to butterflies, and seed heads sway in the wind. Plant species native to the Great Lakes Region are prioritized to bring life and excitement to the garden year-round. Everybody’s road to psychological restoration is different. Nature RX at the Dana Garden allows you to take that journey at your own pace, one piece at a time.