Garden Therapy at Wollaston Garden Club
What is Garden Therapy*?
Working in a flower garden; planting seeds, bulbs, or plants; or doing floral design has positive effects on all of us. Garden Therapy brings that natural world to populations who do not have easy access to it as well as greatly benefiting from it. WGC's Garden Therapy projects target hospital patients, residential senior communities, adult day care facilities, adult group homes, etc.
*Also known as Horticultural Therapy
WGC's Garden Therapy History
Throughout Wollaston Garden Club's long history there have been many horticultural design projects and activities that have targeted groups in need. In the past, members of the Garden Therapy Committee have visited Veterans' Hospitals and senior communities with horticultural planting projects and floral design projects as well as providing those in need with floral bouquets/arrangements.
In the past few years the Garden Therapy Committee has been re-instated and a committee chair named.
- Club members who have a contact and want to do a program with a specific facility should contact the Garden Therapy Chair to discuss the over-all goal and cost of their project.
*Using leftover greens, ribbons, miniature glass bottles and embellishments from Holiday Greens Sales, Garden Therapy members created mini-holiday arrangements for patients at Mass General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. (Winter 2009 - 2011)
* Garden Therapy members planted Amaryllis bulbs with residents of an Adult Group Home located on Winthrop Ave in Wollaston. (Winter 2010 & 2011)
* Amaryllis bulbs, planters, and planting instructions were given to the Activities Coordinator at Abigail Adams Adult Day Center (Weymouth) and were enjoyed by both staff and seniors. (Winter 2011)
If you have a garden therapy project ideas…