The physical activities of horticultural therapy programs help
stimulate muscle tone and strengthen muscle groups using gentle
steady movements. Improvements in coordination and controlling
hand and finger movements in stroke victims and those with brain
injuries are accomplished with techniques while transplanting,
re-potting or propagating plants.
A sense of feeling they have accomplished something, and knowing
they are responsible to care and nurture a living plant is very
rewarding to many individuals. Knowing that the byproduct of their
therapy sessions can be an economic value to support our programs
at The Growing Center gives participants a feeling of contributing
and being a valuable part of our community and very much needed.
Improving memory by talking about past childhood memories and
encouraging conversations about happy events of family and friends.
Counting pots and keeping track of our short-term goals. Learning
the names of plants and flowers and recalling the names of plants
they planted in their own gardens in the past.
As we browse the greenhouses we stimulate the senses. We closely
observe the scents, textures, colors and sounds. We hear the water
at the pond and observe the koi and goldfish and the feel of the
moist air and air movement of the greenhouse. We feel the warm
earth of the garden and smell the earthy ground. We listen to the
birds outdoors and the sounds in the field. We feel the sun on
our face or the cool shade. We touch and feel the different leaves
and compare them to each other.