National Garden Bureau, American Meadows and Sakata Seed America, in an effort to raise awareness of horticulture and the benefits of gardening, will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America. The top vote-getter will receive $3,000, second and third place will receive $1,000 each. Watch the videos and decide which garden deserves your vote. VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 PM ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2019.
Opportunity Knocks, Knockout Farm
Opportunity Knocks (OK) enriches life and community for teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). OK supports IDD persons as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community through after work/after school and adult day programming as well as an umbrella of social enterprise operations that provide meaningful, paid employment to participants and provide supplemental revenue to the mission. OK embraces a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all participants, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, and centers on holistic wellness and healthy relationships.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Opened in 1958, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital (Magee) is a non-profit, 80-bed hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services to the city of Philadelphia and surrounding communities. Of the treatments they provide in the Creative Therapy Center, the addendum therapy services, are supported entirely by generous donations and grant funding and stand out for their significant contribution to patients’ overall well-being. Horticultural Therapy improves the physical, cognitive and emotional wellness of patients recovering from devastating and disabling injuries and diseases including spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation, severe orthopedic injury and neurological disorders.
Wilmot Botanical Gardens
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.