VA Hospital Healing Garden

VA Hospital Healing Garden


Fargo VA Health Care System





NDSU Landscape Architecture / Architecture Students


Funding Partners

North Dakota American Legion

" “This donation on behalf of the North Dakota American Legion will without a doubt improve the well-being of Veterans, service members, their families, and their survivors.”"

Dale DeKrey, Fargo VA HCS Acting Director


VA Hospital Healing Garden

Fargo, North Dakota


This project involved a collaboration with North Dakota State University Landscape Architecture + Architecture students to create a healing garden space serving patients of the VA Hospital.

A studio of NDSU students helped to create initial design concept alternatives for the garden space and was led by Kathleen Pepple, assistant professor of landscape architecture and Joan Vorderbruggen, associate professor of architecture. Utilizing these concepts as a framework, our team crafted a master plan and design details to make this garden space a reality - creating a space that elevates human well-being.

The new healing garden integrates walking paths, raised gardens, a parade lawn, a pergola, gazebos, and sitting areas. The project provides space for rehabilitation, activities, and convalescence - while also encouraging fellowship and a place for respite.