Since ancient times, art and nature have been used as part of the process of healing. By providing a nurturing setting—whether it’s a piece of artwork, a courtyard or other symbols—Dell Children’s uses both natural and aesthetic elements to bring a healing touch to the spirits, minds and health of the kids in our care, as well as their families.
Throughout the hospital, artwork and sculptures grace the walls and reception areas. A stroll through Dell Children’s grounds has been described by design specialists as “breathtaking,” including such features as:
- A three-acre, multi-level Healing Garden complete with a labyrinth, human sundial, reflecting pond and bridge
- A Sensory Garden area that uses plants and other elements with unique textures, colors, smells and tastes to stimulate the senses
- Butterfly Gardens planted with vibrant florals that attract butterflies
- A plethora of art from both global and featured local Austin artists, with pieces chosen as much for the collection’s clinical healing power as they are for their beauty
- Courtyards and gardens that represent each of the seven ecosystems, each corresponding to a distinct area of the 46-county Central Texas region that we serve
- Landscaping featuring a natural palette of indigenous plants, in line with the overarching theme of our “green” building
Additionally, the City of Austin has also created a hike & bike greenbelt that wraps the south side of the larger development area in which Dell Children’s is located.
Dell Children’s Healing Garden was recently featured in Central Texas Gardener.