The effect of healing gardens and art therapy on older adults with mild to moderate depression

Holist Nurs Pract. Mar-Apr 2007;21(2):79-84. doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000262022.80044.06.


This study evaluated the effect of garden walks alone, garden walks with guided imagery, and art therapy on mild to moderate depression in older adults. Focus group interviews at the end of the 6-week intervention suggest that all 3 interventions were helpful to participants with mild to moderate depression.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Depression / nursing*
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Facility Environment / standards
  • Holistic Health*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Walking*