Medicine Wheel Garden Design & Placement

©2017 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

by Renee Lindstrom

This is a design that could be used for deepened personal healing.  It reflects your personal well-being and health.  It is a universal circular pattern that is designed like our North American Aboriginal’s  Medicine Wheel.

This shape was a spontaneous one that came to me during a time when I was deepening my own personal  healing journey.  I was studying my relationship  connection to nature and the environment, while  at the same time seeking healing ways for a serious health condition and abusive relationship.   With a deepened meditation practice and a longing to heal,  this pattern took shape in my garden.  I simply built the shape with earth mounds.  It was not until years later that I realized it was an exact replica of a medicine wheel design.  In the center I placed a table and two chairs.  This was a space for sitting and reflection and to drink teas infused from the plants growing around in the four quadrants.

This Medicine Garden was under a stand of tall Cyprus Trees that was visited regularly at different times  by Blue Heron, Owls, Hawks, Robin, Crows, Eagles, Raven, Otters, Raccoons, Pheasants, Deer and Cats.

Cardinal Directions

To deepen the benefits of this Medicine Wheel pattern one could align the cardinal directions with the true Cardinal Directions of the property.



The true entrance to the garden could align with the traditions of the Medicine Wheel.  This direction is from the East.  The above design I created in October of 2014 with colored fabric robes.  It was for a portable meditation experience and the same design as what I created for my healing garden Medicine Wheel in 2001. A pathway circled the quadrants so one could enter from any direction after circling the wheel.


The size will depend upon the space you choose and have to work with.  I do recommend that it is large enough for you to  walk the pathways and to have a  space for sitting in the design.

Types of Plants

  • Planting Design

This is a wonderful design that one can begin to integrate a deepened intention.  The plant colors can co-ordinate with the seasons and symbology of the quadrants and/or represent the 12 astrological signs of the Medicine Wheel itself.  To keep it simple one could begin to plant types of edibles and medicinal plants that have a featured splash of color for every season.

  • Purpose

One does not want to forget the purpose and that is for picking, eating and drying, leaves, stems and roots, for adding to recipes, making teas and personal products!

  • Plants for your Medicinal Garden

    Oregon Grape

    Oregon Grape

I recommend that you choose plants you can integrate into your every day life along with considering plants that your don’t want to see lost in the future.  Scientists base their new medicines on the discovery and imitation of natures natural healing elements.  This has led to the loss of  passing home remedy knowledge on to future generations and in some cases the plants are becoming extinct as developers try to patent them!    One example is over picking of Oregon Grape in the United States and Chaga in Canada!   Above in the picture is an Oregon Grape  that you may recognize from your Pacific Northwest nature walks.  This is a wonderful shrub to have in your healing garden yet a growing fear across North American is that it will disappear with careless picking practices.

Medicine Wheel Garden Design Integrating the Seasons
Berries, Edible Flowers, Garden Plants, Trees, Veggies & Weeds for your Healing Garden
Contact Renee for Healthy Landscape Consultation – Explore the messages of your landscape design!

  • Life Balance Garden Design – coming soon
  • Relationship Garden Design – coming soon


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.