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. Corona Tools is proud to donate quality gardening tools to these important gardens. Watch the videos and decide which garden deserves your vote. VOTING BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 10 AND ENDS AT 11:59 PM ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2021.
Children’s Center CFEC
The Children’s Center serves children with special needs, serving approximately 100 children each month. The center sees possibilities, not challenges in the children they serve. Their horticultural therapy curriculum brings nature-based programs into both the indoor and outdoor classrooms. Lessons have a hands-on focus and are designed to strengthen memory, enhance cognitive abilities, build task initiation, develop language skills and increase socialization levels. Funding from the Therapeutic Garden Grant will be used to purchase pine needles, soil, home gardening kits, adult tools and adaptive gardening tools for students. The monies will also be used to pay for the removal of weeds, poisonous plants and overall garden maintenance.
Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital
INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital is a 67-bed, in-patient acute rehab hospital serving patients with CVA, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputees. Over the years, the Therapeutic Recreation team has incorporated gardening into their services and the garden has evolved from a 10’ x12’ raised garden to a Therapeutic Pavilion, where teams of PT, OT, SLP and TR use gardening tasks to work on individual patient goals. In 2019 the TR team collaborated with an HTR to create a year-round, interdisciplinary HT program. Weekly group HT sessions engage patients in a variety of activities, including: seed starting; propagation; floral arrangement; accessible garden techniques and mindfulness activities. All HT sessions are centered around a plant metaphor that relates to a patient’s experience in rehabilitation and healing to the plant life cycle/nature.
Vera A. Scherer Garden
The Vera Scherer Garden partners with Morristown High School and welcome special needs high school students to work in the garden as part of the vocational program. The students learn both gardening and work skills like learning to be on time for work, remembering their tools and doing their very best each time they are working. They also learn to weed, water, plant and harvest. Each month they teach a new horticulture topic and have a short discussion. After the discussion, they do a horticulture craft which may include planting, painting, or creating a gift. They learn the plants and use the plants harvested from the garden. The craft helps them exercise their fingers and improve fine motor skills as well as making decisions and creating something to share. This garden is at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a facility of the Morris County Park Commission.