I'm a mystery fiction addict. I read the big boys--Michael Connolly and that crowd, because I like the way they write.
When a character in the book is on the run, hiding out, broke, or otherwise in trouble, he rents a dingy room that has a commanding view of the side of another building. No tree, no bush, no sky.
When I was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago, my room had a window. It had a great window shade that kept out the hot sun, and unfortunately, the sky. I missed the sky.
This was not a big deal; I was only there for three days, and it was pretty luxurious as hospitals go. The nurses and aides were incredibly busy. I guess I could have thrown myself on their mercy on our many trips to the bathroom, and got the shade opened.
There is a "garden" at that hospital. It's really mostly concrete, with a double koi pond and real koi. As a patient, I saw it for only 3 seconds as I was rolled at high speed down a hallway/bridge to another wing.
Once, as a visitor, I noticed it could not be seen from my friend's room.
My goal these days is to ensure that hospital gardens are for patients to see, and to heal from. If you get tired of hearing about this, please give me a comment. And if you've been a patient who could see or touch a garden when in a hospital or convalescent home, please tell us where it is.