Ulfelder Healing Garden at Mass. General Hospital

Healing Garden + Green Roof | Boston, Massachusetts

The Ulfelder Healing Garden unites two contemporary trends in landscape architecture: green roofs and therapeutic landscapes. The garden is located on the 8th floor of Massachusetts General Hospital's Yawkey Center, which provides clinical care for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Designed by Halvorson Design in collaboration with the Yawkey Center's architects, Cambridge Seven, this healing garden is a welcoming refuge for patients, families, friends and caregivers. Directly adjacent to the pediatric cancer facility, the garden is an oasis away from the waiting rooms, machines, IVs, and treatments—a place for people to gather, talk, reflect, and find consolation.


2008 Honorable Mention | Green Design Innovation Award,
U.S. Green Building Council (Massachusetts Affiliate)

2006 Honor Award,
Boston Society of Landscape Architects

2006 Honor Award,
Boston Society of Architects

July 2008, "Holistic Oncology: A Healing Garden Guestbook" by S. Belden, et al.  
The Oncologist 

2008, "Nature and Healing" in R. Guenther & G. Vittori 
Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Wiley & Sons



6,800 sq ft



Robert Adams ASLA



Partners HealthCare

Cambridge Seven Associates