Green spaces have many positive effects on peoples' well-being and health. This is valid for hospital gardens in particular, as the users of hospital gardens are notedly in need of nature's stress reducing and recreational effects. Hospital gardens are mainly designed by urban planners and architects. Peoples' experiences in such hospital gardens are of vital importance but stay unstudied in most cases. Prior research (Haidl et al., 2010) clearly demonstrated the positive effects of hospital garden redesign on individuals' experiences, independent of the physical appearance of the gardens. We adapted the method and applied it to hospital gardens that currently are under reconstruction. We compared peoples experiences of four hospital gardens in Lower Austria with an ideal hospital garden by using an adapted version of the classical semantic differential. First results show that the four semantic differential (SD) patterns differ among each other and from the ideal garden, according to their natural features. Differences between the settings were attributed to specific structural design properties. In cooperation with a landscape planner, options and recommendations for the redesign of the hospital gardens were developed in a participatory process, together with the hospital staff.So far, findings revealed the influence of structural properties of gardens on the experience of the garden settings. The SD is a simple, economic and reliable measure of evaluating individuals' experiences and impressions and making design features ascertainable and objectifiable. The integration of both psychological methods and methods of landscape planning in pre- and post-occupancy evaluation exceeds the benefits of traditional technical evaluations common in hospital planning.