• 2016: Year of the Allium
    Ornamental alliums have so many good things going for them that it’s a wonder they’re not more widely planted. But alliums are definitely on the rise. They seem to be popping up everywhere: in gardening books and magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in public and private gardens across the country. Most allium flowers have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom that’s made up of a cluster of individual florets. Like exclamation points, alliums stand out from other plants, adding emphasis and excitement wherever they’re grown.
  • 2016: Year of the Begonia
    Begonias, an easy to grow tropical plant, is ideal for garden beds, flower pots and hanging baskets. With over 1,700 different species, gardeners can find the perfect flower, leaf or form for every outdoor or indoor need.
  • 2016: Year of the Delphinium
    Delphinium is a perennial favorite as the tall spikes of blue flowers in the background of a stately English or cottage garden. The modern delphinium flower may be a single or double rosette in popular blue or red, pink, white, violet and yellow. Many of the flowers have white or black centers known as “bees.”
  • 2016: Year of the Carrot
    Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in home gardens - and for good reason. Carrots are delicious, nutritious, versatile, and with just a little bit of know-how, this root crop is easy to grow!
 
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Congratulations to the three winning Therapeutic Gardens!


After a two-week voting period, we are proud to announce the three winning gardens from our video voting contest. Each garden will receive a grant from National Garden Bureau and our members.

 

The winners are:

1st place, $3,000 grant: Lee College's Horticulture Program at O.B. Ellis Unit

2nd place, $1,000 grant: Vogel Alcove - Early Childhood Education Program

3rd place, $1,000 grant: The Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory and Garden

 


We are honored to recognize these three winners and all applicants for the amazing work you do with your horticulture therapy programs.

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National Garden Bureau Growing For Futures Awards Three Grants to Horticulture Therapy Gardens

 
National Garden Bureau’s (NGB)  annual grant program, Growing for Futures, has selected three therapeutic gardens to receive grants totaling $5,000.
 
Growing for Futures, started in 2014, is the philanthropic program of NGB that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America. The program furthers NGB’s mission of promoting gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
 
Over 67,000 voters weighed in, and the three winning gardens are:
Huntsville, Texas.
First place vote-recipient; winner of a $3,000 grant.
In 1977, Lee College established an educational/vocational Horticulture Program at the O.B. Ellis Unit correctional facility. This program offers an A.A.S. degree in Horticulture as well as certificates in Horticulture and Landscape Management. Students have additional opportunities through the Texas A&M Master Gardener’s Program. Located within the prison complex, the site includes individual gardens, a community garden, greenhouses, a nursery area, a parakeet aviary, aquaponics enclosure and a classroom/computer lab. The students in the program are convicted felons who come from diverse backgrounds that often include veterans, ex-gang members and others with a history of substance abuse and mental health or emotional issues.
 
Dallas, Texas.
Second place vote-recipient; winner of a $1,000 grant.
Vogel Alcove offers access to a therapeutic early childhood learning program to young children (216 served to date) affected by homelessness. The program addresses the developmental needs of children with social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. Located in Dallas, Vogel Alcove is a leader in the field of early childhood education of traumatized children. Preschool children enjoy access to therapeutic gardens in “The Backyard,” an outdoor space that includes raised bed vegetable, sensory and wildlife gardens. All activities at Vogel Alcove are coordinated by a Director who has completed a certificate program in horticultural therapy and is a member of AHTA.
 
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
Third place vote-recipient; winner of a $1,000 grant.
The Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory and Garden is a dedicated space for MossRehab’s clinical horticultural therapy program. It offers patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation and other complex conditions a beautiful oasis while also offering them an opportunity to meet their rehab goals through horticulture therapy. A registered horticultural therapist is trained in the use of horticulture as a modality for supporting an individual in physical rehabilitation. Patients are able to engage in horticultural therapy through group, individual and co-treat sessions with occupational, physical and speech therapists.
 
“Caring for plants and experiencing nature brings healing and purpose to people whose lives have been affected by illness, addiction, violence or military service,” comments Heather Kibble, NGB President.  “National Garden Bureau, in partnership with local therapeutic organizations, strives to make gardening accessible to everyone, no matter their situation, history or abilities. Our garden grant program impacts individual lives using garden-based education and therapy.”
 
National Garden Bureau would like to recognize all of the worthwhile grant applicants creating therapeutic gardens. NGB encourages support of these and other therapeutic gardens by the industry, local communities, and individuals:
·         A New Leaf’s Blooming Acres, Tulsa, OK
·         A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta, GA
·         Bohles Family Legacy, Shaker Heights, OH
·         Community GroundWorks, Madison, WI
·         Empowering Gardens, Forest Park, IL
·         Growing Gardens of Boulder County, Boulder, CO
·         Hampton Grows, Inc., Hampton, VA
·         John Howard Society, Victoria, B.C.
·         K.L.E.O. Farms, Chicago, IL
·         On With Life, Ankeny, IA
·         Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Milpitas, CA
·         Sunflower Hill, Pleasanton, CA
·         Sunstainable Synergy, Inc., Orlando, FL
·         The Center for Wisdom’s Women, Lewiston, ME
·         The People/Plant Connection, San Angelo, TX
·         The Scottish Home, North Riverside, IL 
  • Petunia 'Surfinia Summer Double'

    Bred by Suntory Flowers, 'Surfinia Summer Double' petunias have extraordinary heat and rain tolerance. Flowers remain double in 90-degree heat. While traditional double petunias get soggy and slimy in rain, the Summer Double flowers are smaller and tightly held to shed rain with ease. As the season progresses, new flowers emerge to bury old ones, reducing the need for deadheading. Available in three colors – Rose, Pink and White. The Summer Doubles are a spinoff of Suntory’s world-class Surfinia petunia series.

  • Squash 'Tahitian Butternut'

    Huge club-shaped fruits, looks like a giant smooth Butternut, 8 to 40 lbs., tender deep golden-orange flesh, highest sugar content of any winter squash, gets sweeter during storage, 100 lbs. or more per vigorous mildew resistant vine, needs long warm growing season.

  • Onion Candy

    This is a hybrid onion which is sweet and large.  This onion works well for beginners and can be grown most anywhere.  The storage time is approximately 3 months.  This onion will start bulbing when daylight length reaches 12-14 hours.

  • Viola ‘Corina Tricolor’ F1
    One inch blooms have a unique color pattern of white petals, dark purple wing and a whiskered yellow face and a dark purple blotch. The new ‘Corina’ hybrid series is early flowering, non-stretching, and provides continuous blooms from start till end of the season. This cold and wind tolerant annual/biennial prefers a part sun location. Mature plants reach 7 to 8 inches with a spread of 5 to 6 inches.
  • Tomato Damsel F1

    A delicious pink tomato with late blight resistance.  The compact indeterminate habit requires little to no pruning. Flavor is comparable to pink heirlooms, sweet and tangy with slightly firmer texture. Fruits are somewhat prone to cracking. Bred specifically for organic systems, the seed is certified organic and produced in California. Damsel is the first release from independent breeder EarthWork Seeds, based in Orlando, FL.  

 

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