Gardens Grow Program

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Individuals with disabilities can participate in many different gardening activities, including garden design and construction, germinating seeds, and growing and transplanting seedlings. Additionally, maintenance activities like watering, planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and harvesting help develop many valuable skills. Gardening is a therapeutic and fun activity that’s rewarding regardless of age, physical or mental ability.

Special needs audiences can include individuals with physical, mental, intellectual, developmental, sensory, behavioral, or emotional disabilities.

Benefits of Gardening

Gardening provides physical, mental, and social benefits.

Physical Benefits

  • Increases mobility, balance, and coordination, which may help maintain independence.
  • Encourages use of macro and micro motor skills.
  • Increases energy, endurance, strength, and muscle tone.
  • Enhances cardiovascular health.

Mental Benefits

  • Enhances learning skills.
  • Improves mental focus.
  • Improves spatial awareness.
  • May help lessen depression.
  • Improves self-esteem and builds confidence.
  • May help overcome fear, anxiety, and stress.
  • May help lower the risk of dementia.
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Social Benefits

  • Improves communication skills and provides opportunities for expression.
  • Provides opportunities to make new friends.
  • Encourages teamwork.

Types of Gardening Activities

  • Watering
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Mulching
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Hydroponics
  • Exploring light sources
  • Root Vegetable samples
  • Why transplanting is important
  • Differences between spices and herbs
  • Learning Opportunities

    • How to water plants & why it’s important
    • What is needed for plants to thrive
    • Various types of plants
    • Structural supports
    • Photosynthesis
    • Growing a healthy garden

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    Help our gardens grow

    Help Our Gardens Grow


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    We accept various payments including: Medicaid (SLS/CES waivers), sliding scale self-pay, and all major credit cards.

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