Horticultural Therapy Program

Growing Gardens’ Horticultural Therapy Program serves seniors and people with disabilities in the community. The goals of the program are to increase motor, cognitive and psychological functions. This program creates social and inter-generational gardening activities and increases the nutrition of participants through daily access to fresh organic produce. The program also empowers seniors and people with disabilities through experiencing the pride of successful gardening and working with others in the community to produce beautiful and bountiful gardens.

Garden classes and activities include: garden planning, soil preparation, propagation, transplanting, container gardening and growing organic vegetable and flower starts for the home and market. Students also participate in activities using plant material in cooking, artistic displays, and crafts. See below for a list of current classes being offered.

Seniors and individuals with disabilities may experience improvements in several different areas through the Horticultural Therapy Program:

  • Cognitive - offers new skills and/or the opportunity to regain past skills, increase attention to task and concentration, make decisions and follow directions.
  • Physical - provides exercise focusing on both gross and fine motor skills.
  • Psychological - gives an individual a sense of worth, promotes nurturing attitudes and taking responsibility for something.
  • Social - increases/improves social interaction with others and working toward common goals

We offer the following classes:

Spring (Feb – May)

  • Garden Planning and Design – Vegetable or Landscape
  • Seeding and Transplanting for the Garden
  • Container Planting – Propagating African Violets
  • Creating Bird Habitats

Summer (May – August)

  • Fresh Garden Salsa and Lemonade Party
  • The Many Ways to Make Fresh Pesto
  • Using Every Bit of the Plant: Dips and Spreads
  • Aromatherapy Spritzers
  • Flower/Leaf Pressing Part 1
  • Flower/Leaf Pressing Part 2: Bookmarks or Photos
  • Harvesting and Drying Herbs
  • Potpourri  Making

Fall (Aug – Nov)

  • All About Apples
  • Applesauce and Apple Salsa Making
  • Dried Apple Slice Garlands
  • Harvest Festivals

Winter (Nov – Feb)

  • Lip Balms and Salves from Beeswax fresh from our honeybee hives
  • Gifts from the Garden – bath salts, teas and tinctures
  • Seed Legacy
  • Chocolate Making

These classes are available throughout the year:

  • Vermicomposting
  • Dried Hanging Leaf Mobile
  • Honeybee Studies
  • Hand-dipped Candles
  • Aquaponics and Hydroponics
  • Current Agriculture Issues
  • Georgia O'Keefe and Vincent Van Gogh: Painters in the Garden

Our partner agencies include the following: The Academy, Bella Vista, Mental Health Partners, Boulder Garden Club, Expand, and Imagine!.

Weekly, monthly and one time visits to the garden are available through out the year. We can also bring garden programming to your facility! Classes are typically 1-1.5 hours in length. For more information about the Horticultural Therapy Program or to sign up your group for an on site or in house program, please contact Annie Sweeney at 303-443-9952 x2 or annie@growinggardens.org.