We provided site master planning for this hospital and all adjoining facilities. Tree, shrub and native plantings were used throughout the facility to soften the campus and provide the user with a friendly experience. A J Miller Landscape Architecture designed the healing gardens landscape at the Samaritan Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. A series of therapeutic gardens promotes spiritual contemplation and comfort for patients, visitors and hospital staff. Meandering pathways symbolize a person’s journey through life. Two water features: a hands sculpture in the central patio and a helix fountain in the dining courtyard, serve as spaces of respite and reflection. The pink granite hands sculpture (designed by Mariane Wheately-Miller) was fashioned from stone found in the St. Lawrence region. These focal points employ the palliative potential of moving water. The healing garden can be enjoyed from inside the building or under the shade of the pergola. In the gardens surrounding the pergola, A J Miller Landscape Architecture utilized color theory to promote a feeling of positivity as people enter and exit the medical center. Color theorists believe that warm colors, such as reds, yellows, golds, and pinks make people more energetic and ready to face life’s challenges. Botanical selections and signage throughout the garden promote a discussion of the role of the natural world in modern medicine; as our knowledge of the pharmaceutical value of plants expands, so does our ability to respond to the needs of the ill.
Custom pergola designed by A J Miller Landscape Architecture used foils to create subtle shade on the upper seating terrace. The 'Hammerite' hammer paint finish and verticals resembles the bark color and texture of the Paper Bark Maples in the garden. The pergola is up-light for winter and evening drama.