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Creating nature intensive landscape designs to improve your physical wellness, mental health and happiness.

Because GARDENS CAN HEAL!


Why Nature is Necessary For a Better Life

Humans have always desired a connection with nature. There are unique and healing qualities that civilizations have tapped into since the beginning of time (think the hanging gardens of Babylon). For this reason, being outdoors gardening, taking a walk through the park or hiking through the forest, humans have found solace in nature for centuries.

However, a shortage of green spaces and an emerging culture of technology-obsessed people has caused nature deprivation and a disconnect with the world around us. Although quality time outside is hard to come by, it’s important to make nature a part of daily life.

Are you getting enough nature in your life? According to a paper published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, the minimum amount is about 120 minutes per week.

White, M.P., Alcock, I., Grellier, J. et al. Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Sci Rep 9, 7730 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-44097-3

Seems all you need is 120 minutes a week to escape to a community park, hike through the woods, or have a picnic to make yourself feel better. The most compelling evidence proves nature can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy. Doctors have even begun prescribing time in nature as a way of improving their patients’ health.

Sadly, not everyone is capable of this seemingly, simple activity of getting outside. Whether it’s due to a busy schedule, health issues, lack of mobility or diminished mental health, nature takes a back seat. Consequently, this keeps folks from enjoying the benefits that nature can provide.

It doesn’t have to be like this for you.

What if I told you the answer to connecting with nature is right outside your door?


The purpose of a Wellness Garden is to distract you from the unhealthy thoughts spinning in your head. When your senses are distracted by sights, sounds and smells (among other senses), your mind can be easily swayed to relax and live in the moment. Many times, these in the moment sessions can bring about solutions to your problems and to better health.

Testimonials

I was really happy with the service I received from Holly. Although I didn’t know how to plant anything, she had me and the kids planting flowers in no time. I’m going to have her back this spring to do more flowers. The wife really loves her gardens now.

Howard F.

I was very happy with Holly’s design and all the information she gave us to install our own plants. She came with all of our beautiful plants, placed them where they go and showed us how to plant them. I’m very happy with the outcome.
I’m working with her again this winter to add on to the backyard again. I can’t wait for spring to come!

Maura C.

We finished getting our backyard design done and we can’t wait for spring to come. We’ve used her before for DIY install and it was great. We saved a bunch of money doing it ourselves.

Susan F.


At Wellness Garden Design, I create outdoor spaces that are specifically designed to meet your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

I like to call what I do specificity landscaping. I design gardens specifically to each client’s needs and dreams, not just what fits into their yard.

When my Mother became housebound due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and required to be on oxygen, her world became very small.

She had always been an avid gardener and enjoyed her time working in the garden. Sadly, due to COPD, she got winded rather quickly, along with the humidity and allergens adversely affecting her breathing. She wasn’t able to walk through the yard or enjoy any of the wonderful things nature had to offer.

After noticing the sadness my Mother was having with her indoor isolation, I set out to give her that dose of nature she was missing.

Since she was unable to move around the yard, designing a small garden right outside the door where she could sit was a perfect solution. Since she couldn’t be outside for long, I was sure to have things that stimulated all of her senses including; flowers blooming all season, fragrant smells, calming sounds and friendly wildlife for her to enjoy. She told me this was my greatest gift to her.

After her death, I decided I had to break-away from the hum-drum landscaping industry and hone my design skills to help folks truly connect with nature, right in their very own yards! That need is what drove me to open Wellness Garden Design and focus on attracting clients that wanted more out of their landscape. More than just a great looking design with curb appeal; a place to spend time with family, throw the dog a ball or to just take a moment away from the crazy world. Furthermore, I strongly feel that after folks spend some time in their own Wellness Garden, that they too would believe gardens can heal.

Woman in sunflowers loving her landscape design

I am here to serve your needs with my experience

Please allow me to introduce myself a little further. My name is Holly and I’ve been a gardener from birth. Even my name reflects my connection to nature! I grew up growing veggies with my Father and flowers with my Mother. My horticultural degree is in Natural Area’s Management, along with certificates in Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance and Urban Forestry Management. I am a certified arborist through the International Society of Arborists (License #A5210A) and taught Computer Landscape Design (DynaSCAPE) at the College of Lake County. And lastly, I have over 16 years of design and budgeting experience within the landscaping industry.

I love to volunteer for many organizations in my area, including the Illinois Extension Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs. Otherwise, any free time I have is spent with my husband and dogs, camping, forest bathing or kayaking.

Your Wellness Garden Design process will be as pleasant as enjoying your new Garden.

Your Dreams

We will thoroughly discuss all of your landscaping needs, wants and desires for your Wellness Garden.

Your Budget

No stress here. Whatever your investment amount, there are many ways to cut-the-fat on projects and get bigger results.

Your Delight

Is truly the most important thing to me. I’m driven to design a Wellness Garden to help you be happier and healthier.

Contact me for a free consultation!

Want to know exactly how I roll? Read this article about getting Quality Landscaping for Dirt Cheap pricing before calling anyone else.


Things you’ll love about your new Landscape Design:

  • There’s something blooming every season and it even looks good in winter.
  • All of your senses are stimulated; its not just nice-looking landscaping.
  • Your garden can have a special purpose; Whether it be your Zen haven, a food source or both!
  • The convenience of having your very own spot, designed specifically for you, to enjoy.
  • Your landscaping will be unique to you, not a cookie-cutter plan many landscape companies pass off to all their clients.
  • It doesn’t have to break the bank; with a plan, you can go along in stages or additionally, install yourself to really stretch those dollars!

Furthermore, a Wellness Garden will CRUSH these excuses:

  • Nature can’t do anything for me.
    • Everyone can benefit from a Wellness Garden! There are many studies that prove gardens can heal, however you be the judge. Experiment by getting your 120 minute dose of nature this week and see if you don’t feel better. I think you will! Then contact me.
  • My schedule won’t allow me to spend time in nature.
    • In this fast-paced world, it’s not easy to find the time to swing over to the park or take a hike in the forest preserve. And when you do, many times there are too many undesirable distractions. Having your own personal Wellness Garden can solve both of those problems.
  • I’m blind, how do I enjoy landscaping when I can’t see it?
    • Just because you can’t see doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the landscape. You have many other senses to tantalize. Just imagine the sounds of a water feature, the smell of sweet flowers or the feel of a fuzzy leaf.
  • I can’t get outside, due to health or mobility issues.
    • Mobility limitations can be overcome by addressing your specific needs and designing the landscape accordingly. Including, (but to limited to) eliminating steps, making paths wider and foot-friendly. (Read this)
  • I’m housebound and can only look out the window.
    • There are many ways to bring nature to a housebound person with a window view. By ‘reverse-planting’ and adding elements that attract friendly wildlife, it almost feels like being outside.
  • My loved one has Dementia, and I can’t be worried about them eating a plant.
    • No matter what the perceived limitation is, there’s usually a solution. In this case, a safe, edible plant design would suit.

“Plants and animals are our connection to all that is nature. They show us how to live in the moment; be in the moment. Showing us the way to live a life full of moments, not one of stagnation.”

Holly Farrell



Public Wellness Gardens

Wellness Gardens can be found in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, out-patient cancer centers, hospice residences, and other related healthcare environments.

Accordingly, the focus of these types of Wellness Gardens is primarily on incorporating safe plants and friendly wildlife into the space. Settings can be designed to include active uses such as raised planters for horticultural therapy activities or programmed for passive uses such as quiet private sitting areas.

It can be tough finding funding and navigating the needs of your clients, however that’s where I come in. Not only am I a landscape designer, I can help write your grant to fund your Wellness Garden, too! So, if you had any doubts about my ability to adapt a Wellness Garden to any need, please read this blog post about designing an Inclusive Wellness Garden.

The goal of Wellness Garden Design is to create and install Wellness Gardens everywhere someone needs one. I will design anywhere in the United States.
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Build it and they will come!

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FAQ’s About Wellness Garden Designs

How do I find a landscape designer?

Gather ideas from Houzz, Pinterest or other gardening idea sites.
Read online reviews and ratings on independent websites like Home advisor or Yelp.
Check the designers website if they offer professional install or allow you to install yourself.
Call a few designers, connect with the one you feel understands your needs.
Find out if the designer can work within a budget and the costs for your project.

Where can you find a Wellness Garden?

Wellness Gardens can be found in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, out-patient cancer centers, hospice residences, and other related healthcare environments. Recently, homeowners have been installing them at their homes.

What is a Wellness Garden?

The purpose of a Wellness Garden is to distract you from the unhealthy thoughts spinning in your head. When your senses are distracted by sights, sounds and smells (among other senses), your mind can be easily swayed to relax and live in the moment. Many times, these in the moment sessions can bring about solutions to your problems and to better health.

Can anyone design a Wellness Garden?

The short answer, no. Although most designers know their plants, not many are skilled in sensory perception and how to bring it together into the garden. A well-designed garden will have all kinds of sensory input, nooks to hide in and a general respect of presence from others. (Like an outdoor library) Be sure to ask your designer if they have the knowledge to build your wellness garden.