At the main campus of , a rehabilitation hospital in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, the Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory features a 12-foot-wide by 7-foot-tall living wall installed with the LiveWall Indoor Living Wall System, a Nunica, Michigan-based product. The conservatory provides a dedicated space for MossRehab’s horticultural therapy program, which helps patients advance their rehabilitation goals through gardening activities.
Designed by , Binghamton, New York, the 1,500-square-foot conservatory is divided into three connected sections. “Work” includes a work table and storage cabinets.
The “grow” room is a working greenhouse. It provides a bright and airy space where horticultural therapists engage patients in gardening activities designed to help them achieve therapeutic treatment goals.
The “show” room is a plant-filled place of respite. In addition to the green wall, it includes a water wall, daylighting, natural cedar trim, natural teak furnishings, potted plants and accessible raised planting beds.
“The Show Room was designed as a sun filled, relaxing and rejuvenating green space — a retreat from the hospital environment,” says Craig Sieving, vice president, facilities administration, Einstein Healthcare Network. “As its name suggests, it is also the showcase of the conservatory. The green wall complements the water wall to create the central showpiece of this section.”