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I. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn, P. 2002. What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden?
Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, vol 13, pp. 60-69. II. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn, P. 2003. Experiencing a Garden: A Healing Garden for
People Suffering from Burnout Diseases. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, vol
14, pp. 38-48. III. Grahn, P. & Stigsdotter, U. A. 2003. Landscape planning and stress. Urban Forestry
& Urban Greening, vol 2, pp. 1-18. IV. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn P. 2004. A Garden at Your Doorstep May Reduce Stress:
Private Gardens as Restorative Environments in the City. Open Space: People
Space, An international conference on inclusive environments, 27-29 October 2004,
Conference proceedings. V. Stigsdotter, U. A. Urban green spaces: Promoting health through city planning.
Inspiring Global Environmental Standards and Ethical Practices. The National
Association of Environmental Professionals’, NAEP, 30th Annual Conference, 16-19
April 2005, Alexandria, Virginia USA. Conference proceedings. In press. Papers I and II are reprinted with permission from the American Horticultural Therapy
Paper III is reprinted with permission from Elsevier.
Paper IV is reprinted with permission from Open Space: People Space; The research centre
for inclusive access to outdoor environments, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paper V is reprinted with permission from The National Association of Environmental
Professionals, NAEP, USA. Background
The present dissertation is a collection of papers previously published by the candidate,
preceded by an introductory text. According to the Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences’ regulations, the work must consist of at least three and no more than five papers as
well as an introductory part (www.slu.se, 2005-02-17). The role played by the introductory
part may vary across dissertations. At my final seminar, I was advised by my examiner,
Professor Thomas B. Randrup at Forest & Landscape, The Royal Veterinary and
Agricultural University of Denmark (KVL) in Copenhagen, to view the introduction as a
summary of my time as a postgraduate student. I chose to take his advice, as I believe that
such a summary will explain how and why my dissertation’s various questions and papers
have developed. How it all started
When my time in the landscape architecture program was nearing its end, I still had
questions for which I had not received answers during my training. These questions
concerned human beings and their longing for good places in the form of gardens. I was
fascinated by the Christian idea that humankind is connected to the garden, both in terms of
the origins and future of humanity, through the Garden of Eden and the heavenly Garden of
Paradise (see Paper I). I found in different religious doctrines similar stories depicting the
garden as central for hu...
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