The goal of the J.R. Curtis, Jr. Memorial Garden for the Blind was to create a space in which learning and recreation came together to form a healing environment. The concept of a healing environment is based on the understanding that there is a medical connection between mind, body, and soul. Healing gardens are intended to provide an ordered place where its occupants will experience a sense of well-being and wonder that will alter their mood.
The garden evokes rhythms that energize the body, inform the spirit, and enhance the recuperative powers inherent in a weak body or mind. Other positives that have resulted from the garden are listed below.
Boost community awareness for people with disabilities
Give hands on learning environment to those who need it most
Increase knowledge of the healing properties of plants
Create an environmentally friendly garden
Find perfection in yourself through helping others.
The Garden surrounds a beautiful pond with a perpetual fountain, ADA sidewalks, gazebo, wooden walk bridge, and a butterfly garden. The Master Plan for the Garden for the Blind contained the following elements:
Taste - herbs, fruits, and flowers
Smell - gardenias, herbs, flowers
Touch - leaves, flowers, fruits, and water
Hear - water, birds, and chimes
Plants easily accessible to wheelchairs and other guests
Beds can be planted easier
Gives trees added height for shade
Bed walls can be used as support, seating, leaning and guiding
Geyser fountains in pond
Statuary with different materials (Wood St. Francis, Stone Angels, Metal Abstract)