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Nurturing life skills leads to independent living.

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“The Tent” is a place for tasting the harvest and teaching modules.

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Teamwork leads to a feeling of belonging.

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Our Fundraiser gets National Media Attention!

National Garden Bureau recently launched a campaign to help the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation complete a 1.5 acre therapeutic garden, one that will uniquely assist young adults with autism learn important life and career skills. The story has already reached millions through major media news outlets - and you can be a part of its success, too! Take a look here:

  • Fox News Chicago visited the farm during fall harvest and clean up then reported with this story.
  • ABC News did this wonderful piece on our fundraiser and the benefits of the garden.
  • Click here to see Growing for Futures featured on WGN TV news.
  • Chicago Tribune published this feature in its Life & Style section. 
  • This story appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight and gave a thorough look into farm workers.

The Growing Solutions Farm is located in Chicago, Illinois and is the first beneficiary in this annual fundraising effort by the National Garden Bureau.

Here's how you can support this effort: 

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Therapeutic and Healing Gardens

We hear time and again how gardeners use their garden spaces to unwind from their day, get away from it all, relieve stress, etc. So it’s no surprise to us who already enjoy gardening that working either indoors or outdoors with plants is good for the body and soul. In fact, we just read this blog post by Jane Gates touting all the health benefits of home gardening. These days, there is more and more research showing how gardens and garden tasks can play an extremely important role in healthcare, treating ailments and afflictions, teaching or re-teaching physical activities and even providing occupational training for the future. This is known as Horticultural Therapy.

According to a more precise definition by the Chicago Botanic Garden, Horticultural Therapy is the professionally directed use of plant, garden and nature activities to achieve measurable physical and mental health outcomes. Gardens built to achieve those outcomes are often called therapeutic or health care gardens and are designed by horticulture/landscape professionals in conjunction with health care professionals.  
There are numerous terminologies attached to this area of garden design and function so we will define a few of the different types of gardens that are similar to therapeutic gardens:
Healing gardens – A garden that supports generalized healing by helping patients who have had physical, mental, emotional or spiritual harm become healthful, well and whole.
Rehabilitation garden – A garden used as therapy to restore a patient’s mobility.
Enabling gardens – A garden used to teach and inspire accessible gardening by example.
Meditation/Contemplation garden – A garden space that encourages reflection for spiritual and mental healing.
The basic premise is the same, and that’s to use a garden (ornamental or edible; inside or outside; small or large) as a tool for physical and mental healing. Some garden tasks are perfect for someone with limited mobility and will possibly allow them to continue to live on their own and grow their own food. A beautiful garden setting with the right amount of sun exposure can aid healing in patients young and old. Simply having a garden on site of a hospital, rehab center or retirement home (to name a few) encourages getting outside and soaking up the sun. A teaching garden within a school will teach life and survival skills for children of all ages, abilities and economic backgrounds.
In some recent research on the topic, we’ve found multiple sources of useful information.
The American Society of Landscape Architects is an organization for professional landscape architects, the ones who design therapeutic gardens, and has this article on defining a Therapeutic Garden.
The Chicago Botanic Garden not only has an Enabling Garden on their grounds (read about it here) but also offers a Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program.
The Therapeutic Landscapes Network is an online community of people and companies interested in using horticulture as therapy.
For professionals, there is the American Horticulture Therapy Association that assists their members advance the practice of horticulture as therapy.
All gardeners should understand the many ways gardening is beneficial and encourage the establishment of therapeutic gardens in their own communities. National Garden Bureau is passionate about inspiring more people to garden and horticulture therapy just gives us one more great reason to promote gardening. The more we know, the more we can help!

  • Geranium ‘Horizon Violet Picotee Shades’ F1
    Bright violet with a white eye is a new color in the world leading ‘Horizon’ series of F1 hybrid geranium. Super garden performance from a compact and well branched plant 12 inches tall with small neat foliage and large flowers borne on uniform flower stems. ‘Horizon’ is early to flower with sustained flowering throughout the season. The technically advanced series is available in 28 colors. Full to part sun annual.
  • Tomato 'Cherry Falls'

     Just as the name implies, large cherry sized and colored fruit cascade from this variety forming a waterfall of fruit. Well matched in habit to our Rambling series of tomatoes, ‘Cherry Falls’ produces sweet 1 ½ to 1 ¾ of fruit. Well suited for baskets, window boxes and mixed combination pots. 'Cherry Falls’ ripens in 68-72 days.


  • Pepper 'Mama Mia Giallo' F1 AAS 2014 Winner

    Judges declared this AAS Winner a “great yellow pepper” because of the huge yield, uniform shape and smooth skin of the long tapered fruits and the beautiful yellow/gold color when mature. ‘Mama Mia Giallo’ has a nice sweet flavor that is excellent either fresh or roasted. For gardeners eager for their harvest, this pepper offers ripe fruits 85 days after transplanting. An added bonus is the somewhat compact 24” plant that takes up less space and offers disease tolerance to Tobacco mosaic virus.

  • Melon 'Sakata's Sweet'

    This lovely melon originated in Japan. Asian melons have very crisp flesh and extremely high sugars. These white rind and white fleshed meloons are a real treat. The vines are prolific and set six to seven fruit each.

  • Snapdragon ‘Arrow™ Formula Mix’ F1
    The new ‘Arrow Formula Mix’ will fill your garden with an abundant display of deep red, white, pink, yellow and orange blooms all season. The strong, vivid flower colors stand out in the garden. Upright plants 20 to 24 inches tall will bloom in full sun to part sun locations. ‘Arrow’ features a strong central leader with dense branching that will stand up to wind and rain. Annual.

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