HBLA Inc. is a New England focused landscape architecture firm celebrating over 30 years of professional practice specializing in the design of evidence informed, therapeutic landscapes and gardens for Senior Living, Alzheimer’s disease, Hospice and other wellness related projects. 

Recognizing not all gardens are inherently therapeutic and in some cases can actually cause harm, the firm’s design process is grounded in an ongoing, vigorous, literature review process incorporating latest research. To this passion the firm’s President and Founder Robert Hoover, advocates for, writes, researches, teaches and lectures on Nature as Healer, throughout the United States.  To this commitment, Rob personally applies his 35 years of professional experience to each and every project.  To date, he has completed over 100 built projects, his designs have received over 50 awards and or special recognition (as part of larger projects) and have been exhibited nationally as well as internationally at the European Reminiscence Network Conference in London, England.  Truly a pioneering firm and subject matter expert in this field, HBLA is committed to the art and science of garden design in an attempt to maximize and improve health outcomes (mind, body, spirit) for those most in need, specifically our elders, those who are ill, those with special needs and those who are dying.

Established in 1987 as Studio LA, the firm relocated in 1999 from Portland, Maine to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  In 2001 the firm officially changed its name to HBLA Inc. Today the firm designs three types of archetypal healing gardens; Meditation (restorative), Therapeutic and Rehabilitation.  Project scope ranges from an intimate

20’ x 20’ Meditation Garden to a 500 acre Continuous Care Retirement Community.  Projects types include Continuous Care Retirement Communities, Green House Initiative Cottages, Assisted Living, Skilled Care, Nursing Homes, Alzheimer’s Facilities (including other forms of dementia), Veteran Homes, Hospice Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Wellness Centers and Schools for Autism.  Rob Hoover, HBLA’s President is licensed throughout the Northeast including the National Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB).

Professional Service Level 1

  • Therapeutic Garden Design.

Professional Service Level 2

  • Peer Review Red Line Of Site Plans Developed By Others During Permitting.
  • Therapeutic Garden Design.

Professional Service Level 3

  • Long Term Landscape Maintenance Plans.
  • Lectures & Teaching.
  • Garden Audits
  • Peer Review.
  • Hourly Consultation.
  • Fund Raising Assistance.