This year, Earthwise Society has been hard at work building the Garden Buddies Teaching Garden, an accessible garden designed for senior gardeners and others struggling with mobility.
The vision of the Teaching Garden is to create a place of hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages, with activities that will connect different generations and encourage leadership, discovery and understanding.
This fall, Earthwise is excited to launch its first series of educational garden programs with a four-week pilot project providing a hands-on introduction to therapeutic horticulture. Each week focuses on a different theme: color, space, warmth and the creation of places.
The therapeutic benefits of gardening are well known. Entering the garden connects us with nature, engages the senses and even provides a low intensity workout. The Teaching Garden pilot program will guide participants through a series of hands-on activities that will engage both body and mind.
Participants will explore the world of color in the Earthwise Garden, help plant a purple-themed fall landscape, learn all about planting in small spaces, and find out how to keep fall crops warm when the temperatures are down. fall. The series will conclude with a creative place-building activity and the opportunity to reflect on the role of therapeutic horticulture in promoting health and well-being for all ages and to share ideas for future workshops.
This program is open to anyone interested in learning more about therapeutic horticulture, connecting with other community members, learning new gardening skills and having fun! The four-week series will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on September 30, October 7, October 21 and October 28. To register, send an email to [email protected]