The Garden Therapy program enhances the well-being of people with various disabilities by having them participate in garden activities. Members of the RGC travel to different facilities to share their knowledge of gardening in prearranged horticulture programs. Garden activities have been held at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living of Raleigh, Raleigh Rehabilitation Center, and the First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, where space is provided for the Raleigh Correctional Center Women's Job Start Program.
Garden Therapy activities may include:
- Creating fresh flower arrangements
- Making pressed flower cards and bookmarks
- Planting flowers and herbs in raised beds
- Propagate/plant Christmas cactus cuttings
Dates for activities are announced at our general meetings and in the Leaflet. Join us for a program that generates an abundance of positive benefits! Members may volunteer at our meetings or by contacting the Garden Therapy Chair.
The RGC was the 2015 recipient of The Asheville Garden Club Award and the 101 Heritage of Durham Award for Garden Therapy. These awards are selected by the Garden Club of North Carolina.
In December, the Garden Therapy Group helped participants in the Job Start program decorate wreaths.