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National Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden Grants

 

National Garden Bureau, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening (#growingforfutures), will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

After fundraising for a vocational therapeutic garden in Chicago in 2014 then granting thousands of dollars to three therapeutic gardens in 2015, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) is again supporting gardens that promote the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants. Beginning this month, NGB will begin accepting applications from therapeutic gardens that meet the following set of criteria:
  1.  Have a defined program using the garden to further particular goals for participants lead by a qualified leader. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.
  2. Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.
  3. Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.
  4. Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.
From all the applications received, a group of horticulture therapy experts will narrow all applications down to three finalists. Those three finalists will then be asked to submit a one-minute video that will be posted on www.ngb.org. All involved parties will solicit feedback from the public, using Social Media, to vote on the garden they wish to receive the grants. The top vote-getter will receive $3,000, second and third place will receive $1,000 each.
 
The panel of experts to determine the three garden finalists are:
  • Patty Cassidy, Registered Horticultural Therapist, American Horticultural Therapy Association board member and secretary
  • Barbara Kreski, Director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Julie Tracy, President, Julie+Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Growing Solutions Farm
  • Heather Kibble, President, National Garden Bureau, Home Garden Vegetables Division Manager, Sakata Seed America
To apply, therapeutic garden applicants should determine that they meet the criteria as outlined in this downloadable document and then complete this application and submit it to the NGB office by the deadline of July 1, 2016.
 
“Now that we are in our third year of supporting therapeutic gardening efforts, we feel that we have a lot of traction and are able to bring more awareness to the many gardens throughout North America that are being created to help people rehabilitate from difficult situations.  We encourage any and all groups who have a therapeutic gardening program to participate for the chance to win money to support their worthwhile projects.” states Heather Kibble, National Garden Bureau President.
 
According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.
 
HT techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens.
 
For more information about this project or the National Garden Bureau, visit: www.ngb.org and follow #growingforfutures on Social Media. 
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    Violas are very frost tolerant so ideal for early season plantings as well as bloom well into late fall.  It isn't unusual for violas to flower occasionally during the warm periods in winter when snow melts. And violas are more heat tolerant than their pansy cousins, so last longer into the warmer times of the year.

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    Expand your salad greens selection with this beautiful domesticated purslane. Spreading plants have large, succulent, yellow-green leaves with a mild, lemony flavor. Highly nutritious and rich in vitamins A and C, along with minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Begin harvesting tender shoots and leaves when plants are at least 3-4" tall.

 

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