Healing/Therapy Gardens


Healing/Therapy Gardens

Group dedicated to creating gardens for healing and therapy purposes, in and around medical facilities or in your own backyard.

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Finding funding for a Teaching/Therapy Garden 4 Replies

I am trying to get a wheelchair accessible garden built in my town.  I am looking for funding.  Any ideas? …Continue

Started by Annie Albright z5 MO. Last reply by Jeannie James Aug 1, 2011.

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Comment by Mona Casselman,Z3 AK on August 8, 2011 at 9:45pm
Stacy- Do you mean professional or personal experience with gardening as a therapy method?
Comment by Stacy G on August 4, 2011 at 12:50pm
I'm a psychologist who just started gardening seriously last year & it has been very healing. I'm looking to add gardening therapy in my office toolbox now. Any comments on personal experiences w/ this?
Comment by Mary Ellen on August 2, 2011 at 5:25pm
We built a garden at our local hospital with money from several sources:  people could "buy" a bench or planter box with a certain donation amount, which then had a plaque on it.  We also sold "bricks" for $100 a brick which had a name or saying on it that got added to our walkways.  We got a very large donation from a family in memory of a loved one which essentially paid for all the hardscape, so the garden has a large plaque dedicated to that person and we had a formal dedication ceremony in the person's memory. 
Comment by Jack Carman on August 2, 2011 at 4:44am
I have worked with different communities and we have been able to get civic organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, to help.  In one example, a Scout who was going for his Eagle badge built the raised planters for the gardens.  In another community, the lumber was donated and then assembled by volunteers.
Comment by Debra F on August 1, 2011 at 9:06pm
When I was younber they had a benifit for such a thing and it was for wheel-chair victims to participate in a basketball game as players and it was a fabtastic event and with the benifit proceeds they had volunteers fron the neighborhood do the concert work for building a ramp accessable for them. Maybe something to do a benifit to include Them in partucupating in an eveny  to do with gardening of some sort and do the same with the peoceeds.  Debra
Comment by Jack Carman on August 1, 2011 at 11:01am
Involvement in the garden is an essential component of Therapeutic Gardens.  This interaction can be active and/or passive.  It is important to engage the person experiencing the garden through materials and elements that they are familiar with and can relate to in various ways.  I am new to the group and have read through previous discussions postings.  I look forward to reading more ideas presented and continuing the conversation.  Thank you.
Comment by AuntyB Gardenlady on April 11, 2011 at 10:19am

Thanks for the blog info!!


Comment by Mary Ellen on April 11, 2011 at 6:22am
So, last fall I made it a priority to squeeze as many bulbs into our new garden at the hospital as I could in a short period of time.  I managed to get 500 bulbs in, which I'll probably add again this fall!  The early flowering bulbs (wolfbane) and early to leaf bulbs (tulips, daffs, and grape hyacinths) helped break the dreariness of the winter to early spring garden.  I think I'll be adding iris danfordiae, since that's very early, too.  Any other early flowering suggestiions?
Comment by Mary Ellen on April 11, 2011 at 6:17am
Hi AuntyB Gardenlady!  I'm not the best person to answer you, since I don't know what an RSS feed is, but I think you can join certain subgroups that interest you, and you'll automatically get emailed when people comment on the groups you are a member of.  I've found a wonderful website for therapeutic landscapers: http://www.healinglandscapes.org/blog/.  She has a blog, links many current journal articles, summarizes seminars & meetings, lists resources by state like public gardens and landscape companies, etc. 
Comment by AuntyB Gardenlady on April 10, 2011 at 10:12pm
Is there a way to sign up for RSS feed for this group? I'm new and trying to figure this out! lol

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