Facility: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Yawkey Center for Cancer Care


Location: Boston


Landscape Architect: Carol R. Johnson Associates

The Thea and James Stoneman Healing Garden at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides an easily accessible area of quiet respite in a natural environment for patients, families and staff.

The 1,790-square-foot space envelops visitors while meeting stringent requirements for infection control and maintenance, and it accommodates vibrant seasonal displays that enliven the interior space.

Taking cues from nature, the Yawkey Center’s interior design utilizes curves, rounded elements, natural light and calming colors. The two-story garden, which brings nature indoors, features seasonal flowers, shrubs and plants, including stands of bamboo that are nurtured by grow lamps in the ceiling.

The design was overseen by Sherri Rullen, senior director of architecture, Dana-Farber, and Jennifer Jones, a principal of Carol R. Johnson Associates, landscape architects. The project was made possible through a generous gift from Thea and James Stoneman.