Gardens & Gardening as Agents of Health & Wellness

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March 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
March 22, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden
NC Botanical Garden Education Center
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States

Gardens & Gardening as Agents of Health and Wellness: Past, Present, and Future
with Jane Saiers, Horticultural Therapist, Organic Farmer

Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke for many when he wrote that “all my hurts my garden spade can heal.” Gardens and gardening have been used to enhance health and wellness across cultures, places, and epochs, including our own, as illustrated by the burgeoning field of horticultural therapy in the U.S. and the growing green care/farming-for-health movement in Europe. The beneficial effects of gardens and gardening on emotional, mental, and physical health are grounded in spirituality and science. Come learn about the history of gardens and gardening in enhancing health and well-being, about innovative ways that gardens and gardening are being used to promote health around the world, and about exciting plans for future applications of gardening in wellness. The results of scientific studies on the effects of gardens and gardening on psychological and physiological function will be discussed. Participants will hear about the longstanding, nationally known horticultural therapy program at the Garden and tour the indoor and outdoor spaces devoted to the program. Finally, participants will start on their own, individualized plans for initiating or expanding work with plants as a way to enhance personal well-being.

Free but advance registration required.

In partnership with the American Horticultural Therapy Association ( and in recognition of National Horticultural Therapy Week, which begins March 16.

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