FARMINGTON — Work will begin Monday on a therapeutic garden in Shiprock that aims to promote healing for patients, families and staff.

Ten volunteers from Home Depot in Farmington will start construction on the Healing Begins Medicine Garden at the Northern Navajo Medical Center on U.S. Highway 491 in Shiprock.

Joseph Lucero, a pro account sales associate with Farmington's Home Depot, said volunteers will prepare the area that will house the garden. They will also construct a walkway, place gravel, put in a fountain and assemble shading.

The store donated the materials, valued at $3,800. Employees who will complete the work are participating in the store's "Team Depot" program, which helps with projects in the community, he said.

"It's supposed to give you a sense of comfort," Lucero said about the garden.

Academic research has shown the benefits of healing gardens and the positive influences they can have on patients, visitors and caregivers.

A study by Roger Ulrich, who co-founded the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University, found these types of areas reduce negative emotions, reduce stressful thoughts and evoke positive feelings.

The garden will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on April 8, as part of events and activities coinciding with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual event that promotes victims' rights and honors victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf.

During the dedication ceremony, Navajo Nation First Lady Martha Shelly will plant roses in the garden.

Native plants will also be added to the garden as the spring season continues.

Phil Kinlichee, who works with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, said community members are also welcomed to help with the construction on Monday.

Noel Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.