05/07/08: Founders Lecture: “Healing Powers of Nature”

May 01, 2008

On Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Mandell Hall, the Delaware Valley College Arboretum will present the May Founders Lecture, "Healing Powers of Nature: Sustainable Design as Horticultural Therapy."

Presenter Nancy Minich will focus on the important elements of landscape design for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the healing aspects of nature’s powers.  Sustainable design will be emphasized, highlighting its importance to people’s health and functioning. This includes landscape restoration and the use of native plants, how to design settings with emphasis or human preferences in a garden space and ways to experience nature. Attendees will learn more about specific, therapeutic landscapes and the latest directions in healthcare.

Nancy A. Minich, HTR, RLA is both a registered landscape architect and a horticultural therapist. She earned a B.S. degree in education from Temple University and a Master's in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy founded NAM Planning & Design, LLC, a sustainable design and planning firm in 2002. As an advocate of design for people of all ages and abilities, Nancy incorporates accessible features into all of her firm’s designs. Many of her clients’ projects have received awards and have been featured in national publications, such as Audubon at Home series, Landscape Architecture and Coastal Services.

Nancy has been an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley College since 1999. She is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Horticultural Therapy Association and the Green Building for Health Care.

The presentation is free for Arboretum Members and DelVal Students, and non-members pay only $5.