A meditation garden within the walls of a federal prison. A sculpture garden built by at-risk youth in the inner city. A therapeutic healing garden on the grounds of a hospital. A community peace garden serving a community made up of 80 different cultures and languages.  

These are just a few examples of the kinds of urban green spaces—what we call Sacred Places—that have come to life over the last few decades. We invite you to get to know a few by exploring our searchable directory below. Contact us to learn more!
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Advocates for the Survivors of Torture and Trauma (now closed)

431 East Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212

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Hospital garden

The Healing Garden at ASTT, one of 140 accredited torture survivor treatment centers worldwide, is firmly anchored in the area of holistic healing for a unique community of users. ASTT serves torture survivors from more than 38 countries and cultures, helping victims find inner strength and nurturing a sense of hope through counseling and programs...

Anne Arundel Medical Center

2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Hospital garden
Gretchen Mulvihill

Located adjacent to the Meditation Center, the Healing Garden includes a meandering path of bluestone paving, along with a water feature that transitions from boulders to smoothly polished river stones. With a generous gift from Homestead Gardens, the Garden is filled with lush planting, presenting a holistic approach to healing. The Healing Garden offers a...

Baltimore Washington Medical Center

300 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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Hospital garden
Susan Iaquinta

The Healing Garden is nestled behind the Tate Cancer Center at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Surrounded by lush, grass terraces intricately landscaped with bushes and trees, and beside two rectangle reflection ponds, the outdoor seating area is incredibly serene. This communal gathering space sits upon hundreds of bricks, dedicated by donors, engraved with the...

Franklin Square Hospital Center

9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

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Hospital garden,
Memorial garden

Located in the Women’s Pavilion of the Franklin Square Hospital is a Memorial Loss Garden, the “Garden of Little Angels.” This garden serves as a place of solace and peace for patients and hospital staff as well as for parents, friends and family members who wish to honor the loss of a baby through miscarriage,...

J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center Garden

175 Harry S. Truman Pkwy,

Annapolis, MD 21401

Hospital garden
William Jamison

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

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Hospital garden

Andrea Fitz

Through the creation of a labyrinth, the project reaches out to patients, staff and the community with a message of hope and healing, while offering an opportunity for relaxation and peace. This project unites the health care and spiritual care professions to help community members achieve healing and relaxation....

Providence Hospital

1150 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

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Hospital garden

Providence Hospital, a Catholic hospital located in Northeast Washington, D.C., was founded in 1861 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. At Providence Hospital, with its commitment to community care in a first-rate facility, more babies of poor mothers have been delivered than at any other hospital in the area. As the...

The Green Road | Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20889

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Hospital garden
Fred Foote

The Green Road was among Nature Sacred’s National Nature Sacred Award winners. This space in particular is a first of its kind. Created from a forested piece of land bordering the military’s flagship hospital in Bethesda, MD, the purpose of The Green Road is to aid in the healing process of “wounded warriors” dealing with...

The Healing Garden at UMMS Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute

2200 Kernan Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207

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Hospital garden
Candace Rebuck

Kernan Hospital’s Healing Garden was made possible by the local staff, community volunteers and associations. The garden incorporates benches, a water feature with fish, a sensory garden, a medicinal herb garden and secluded activity areas with specialized gardening tools, trellises, arbors and planters. It was designed and constructed so that it could be used as...

The Terrace Garden | Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

2801 N Gantenbein Avenue
Portland, OR 97227


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Hospital garden
Teresia Hazen

The 6500 square foot suspended green space is connected to the Family Birth Center as well as the Cardiovascular ICU and family waiting rooms; and is accessible round-the-clock to all hospital patients, visitors and employees. It was designed to accommodate a wide range of physical conditions and abilities and needs. Among its four-seasons array of...

Unity Center for Behavioral Health Garden

1225 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97232

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Hospital garden
Teresia Hazen

Each year in Oregon, an estimated 1 in 20 adults experience a serious mental illness and 31,000 adolescents suffer a major depressive episode that often leads to other social issues. Untreated mental illness is common among the prison population both nationally and locally. The Oregon Department of Corrections has determined that more than half of...


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