Runner up and winner of a $1,000 grant
The therapeutic horticulture (TH) program at Wilmot Botanical Gardens (WBG) takes place inside a state-of-the-art greenhouse, outside in raised beds and throughout five acres of gardens. The TH program is dedicated for those with medical challenges and other special needs, but also for students, volunteers, and those who are caregivers. The therapeutic programs operate on the principle that active connections with plants and nature are restorative, provide therapeutic benefits, and enhance quality of life. The program goals are to decrease psychological stress, anxiety, depressive symptomatology, and mental fatigue, while augmenting positive affect, self-esteem, self-efficacy, creativity, a feeling of optimism, social interactions and a stronger sense of community. In essence, they seek to help people live fruitful, healthier, and happier lives.