In Sweden today there is a growing interest for including gardens and nature in the treatment of people suffering from different kinds of stress disorders. Landscape architects are thus designing healing gardens that all are supposed to be restorative. This is a single-case study that by a series of studies aims at looking closer into how the design in one healing garden works. During 2002 a healing garden was built at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. People diagnosed as having had burnout diseases are offered rehabilitation through a horticultural therapeutic program run by occupational therapists, physiotherapist, psychotherapist and horticultural therapists. Patients stay approximately 20 weeks and there are two groups a day with 8 patients in each group. All year around the patients are to use the garden in different ways, i.e. sowing, resting, pruning etc. The design of the healing garden in Alnarp relies on several theories. Regarding the restorative effects of the garden two theories on restorative environments are fundamental. That is Ulrich’s theory concerning recovery from psycho physiological stress and Kaplan & Kaplan’s theory on recovery from mental fatigue (Hartig et al, 1996; Stigsdotter & Grahn, 2002). Regarding activities that are to be carried out in the garden other theories from for example occupational therapy and psychology have been considered. Earlier research at the Department of Landscape Planning in Alnarp has shown that eight main characters constitute the building blocks of parks and gardens. The design process where these theories all have been transformed into physical elements and design hypotheses has been well described and documented. (Stigsdotter & Grahn, in press), (Stigsdotter & Grahn, 2002).In a first pictorial study the questions whether a garden is restorative and whether different gardens can be more or less restorative will be answered. The tool is an existing scale, the Perceived Restorativeness Scale, based on the theory of Kaplan & Kaplan and developed partly to assess the restorative potential in settings. (Hartig et al, 1997). Two healing gardens that differ much in size and design but have the same target group will be compared.To answer the question whether the patients in Alnarp find that there are garden rooms that are more important than others an observational study will take place in the garden. It will consider how patients use the garden, where they go, what they do and how much time they spend. To deepen the understanding semi-structured interviews will be conducted with some patients. The results can be interpreted with the help of the result in the PRS-study, the design hypotheses in the healing garden at Alnarp and design theories from for example urban planning. It would also be interesting to know whether a garden could be more or less restorative for different groups of people. If important garden rooms or characters can be extracted in the observational study these characters will be used in a second pictorial study. By using photos of these extracted characters patients will fill in the PRS both in the beginning and in the end of their rehabilitation. A group of healthy people will also be asked to do this version of the PRS. This will provide an opportunity to see if opinions differ between patients and healthy people and if patients’ opinions change during time. Case study methodology is used in this revelatory single-case study and different methods are used for triangulating this unique case and thereby enhancing its validity. It would be of interest to in future studies do the same studies/experiment with another group of people (healthy or other patient group) to see if the results are coinciding. The results can be applied not just in designing healing gardens but also in a wider context, e.g. in designing parks etc.