The Victorian garden given to the people of Archway as a ‘garden for the gardenless’ sits within the context of Victorian philanthropy.
Importance given to all the elements in the garden, gates of entry, water, trees, hills, views, reveal the Victorian Frame of Mind (see also Walter E. Houghton’s book of the same name).
In my work as a complementary therapist, ‘elements’ are vital conditions for the facilitation of healing. Earth, fire, water, air, light, inspiration are all depicted symbolically through the ceremonies in complementary therapies. There are rituals of entry that are observed in a healing space; these are normal things, like taking off our shoes, but they are given specific focus so they carry meaning.
The key here is facilitation; the natural propensity for the human body to heal itself is understood as a given. The conditions must be made so that this can take place.
The same is true of the healing garden, in this case, the garden for the gardenless.