• 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 
  • Okra Candle Fire F1

    Easy to cultivate. Long harvested period. Suitable for both fruit producing and Ornamental usage. Aged fruit can be used in flower arrangement. Dry seed can be used as coffee (without caffeine)

  • Begonia 'Santa Cruz Sunset'

    Begonia 'Santa Cruz Sunset' is super heat tolerant! It thrives in well drained soil and can handle moderate drought once it is established. Firey red-orange blooms cover the plant from late spring until frost. The well branched plant looks full and lush in a pot or hanging basket by itself or in a garden with a rainbow of other colors.

  • Lagerstroemia First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic™ Crape Myrtle

     This crape myrtle has carnation-like, glowing red flowers that show beautifully against the dark green foliage. Foliage turns orange-red in fall. Upright habit has dense branching and re-blooms in late summer if the first flush of flowers is deadheaded. 

  • Pumpkin 'Musquee de Provence'

    This French heirloom variety from the south of France is also called, 'The Fairytale Pumpkin'. It's gorgeous fruits are flattened, and deeply ribbed with a shape often likened to a wheel of cheese. The fruits start out green and become terra cotta color or a mottled terra cotta/green as they mature. They will be a conversation piece when added to your fall harvest display. In the kitchen, you will enjoy their deep orange, thick, sweet flesh that is exceptionally flavorful and smooth, making them perfect for pies, soups, muffins, or casseroles. The fruit keeps well through the winter in a cool, dry location. This is a 'must' variety for gardeners who love homegrown autumn decor and rich pumpkin flavor.

  • Pepper 'Red Belt'

    Easy to Grow! A culinary must have from the garden - sweet, smooth, firm and glossy. Very sweet when mature with a long shelf life. Unique disease resistances with strong vigor results in fruit set, abundant yields and plant stability under summer stress conditions. Produces beautiful red lamuyo (elongated sweet bell pepper) type fruit with consistent size and fruit quality.

 

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