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November 17, 2023

Fairfield, NJ – Garden on the Wall (GOTW) announced today that one of the firm’s installations contributed to a win in the 2023 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Healthcare Design Awards. According to IIDA, the 12th annual award honors excellence and originality in healthcare interior design across numerous categories. Taking home a Best of Competition Award in the Hospitals & Community category made an impactful impression in the re-design of the Essentia Health at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.

Created with forest, ferns, and eucalyptus over a moss canvas, GOTW’s large-scale, all-natural biophilic installation is ideally placed to welcome and embrace. “Our garden in the dramatic, modern lobby space will serve as a calming and restorative ‘green’ welcome to patients, visitors, and staff, as our gardens do so well in healthcare facilities,” said Hisim.  A tapestry of all-natural greenery, the garden was designed to mimic the vistas of Duluth’s hillsides outside the windows, and providing an accompaniment to the breathtaking views of Lake Superior, according to the firm.

“As we strive to do with all of our gardens for healthcare facilities, this natural haven will go a long way toward making occupants feel welcome and restored, crucial elements in the healing process,” said Hisim. To date, the firm has installed over 28 gardens in healthcare facilities around the country. Recently the firm launched its Re-Leaf program, in which previously loved GOTW gardens are restored and reinvigorated, and then donated to emergency rooms in hospitals around the country, so that medical staff can be refreshed and recharging from the power of biophilia and indoor nature.

“What’s just as important in the design world today, is consideration for our impact on the well-being of our planet. GOTW is a pioneer in sustainable biophilic installations,” said John Ozturk, GOTW’s Director, Architectural Sales/Chief Sustainability Officer, “having the most 3rd party sustainability and material health credentials of any garden supplier.” Ozturk continued to say that the use of sustainable materials is important in healthcare facilities in particular, as occupant health must not be compromised by materials of uncertain origin or composition. “We aim to tread lightly down the garden path in everything that we do,” said Ozturk, “for the greater good.”


About Garden on the Wall

Garden on the Wall® is an award-winning provider of turn-key, maintenance-free garden installations created with all natural preserved plants. Our gardens require no water, sunlight, or soil and retain their vibrant look for 10-15 years. Our gardens are the idyllic fulfilment of biophilic aspirations for any interior space.


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Miné Hisim, CSI
Founder & Managing Partner
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