Valley Children’s Hospital Rehab Therapy Garden!
As a Master Gardener and Occupational Therapist, I was aware of the therapeutic benefits of horticulture and outdoor activity, so I set about turning the space into a resource for the Rehabilitation (Rehab) unit of the hospital, which happened to be only a few hundred feet from the proposed therapy garden.
With the assistance of interested staff members, some of the Physical Rehabilitation patients, volunteers from Fresno State Horticulture Department, Home Depot and an Eagle Scout candidate, a plan was drawn up and a therapy garden designed.
Using donated top soil, paving slabs and lumber, the space was transformed. The design included raised herb beds, a wheelchair accessible path, shade tolerant plants, some fruit trees and a succulent garden planted to look like a miniature landscape, with spaces for fairy houses and other fun play accessories. The space inherited some concrete seats and picnic tables, a tool storage box and "hey presto", the space was transformed into the Rehab Therapy Garden!
It has become a feature of the east end of the building, with staff and parents often sitting on the benches to enjoy the shade, as well as admire the fairy landscape which changes frequently when patients come to play.
Of course, like any garden, the space has needed occasional sprucing up and as a Master Gardener, my role has been to provide guidance for pruning, planting of replacement plants, (using the ‘right plant, right place’ principle), as well as coordinate seasonal volunteer clean up sessions and provide instruction on therapeutic uses of the garden to Rehab staff. The care of the garden is IPM oriented, which fits with it’s role as a place safe for children to interact with nature.
THANK YOU MG YVONNE!
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Nationally sponsored by the Garden Writers’ Association, Plant-A-Row encourages gardeners to grow a little extra to donate to food banks. You can also donate any surplus of fresh garden produce, even it it wasn’t planted for donation!
(PAR) is a nationwide, people-to-people program sponsored locally by UC Cooperative Extension Fresno Master Gardeners and Community Food Bank. Planted at Garden of the Sun.
Veterans Home of California- Fresno
- Exposure to vitamin D. Vitamin D increases your calcium levels, which benefits your bones and immune system. ...
- Decreased dementia risk. A 2006 study found that gardening could lower risk of dementia by 36 percent. ...
- Mood-boosting benefits. ...
- Enjoyable aerobic exercise. ...
- Helps combat loneliness.
- Make time to get outside and garden this week!
The Yosemite Village Permaculture Garden and Urban Farm
The garden is thriving with garden plots adopted by locate residents.