Earlier this year, we did not know if Garden Time at the Remington House would continue, due to our Horticultural Therapist, Gail, setting off for her new venture of having a baby and starting a family.
Luckily, this past month Remington House was able to find and hire a new Horticultural Therapist, so Garden Time lives on! The reason this is so exciting is that the children that live at the Remington house have typically come from tough home environments and are in great need of support and activities that nurture the development of confidence and life skills. Research has shown that time spent in the garden as a route of therapy can not only bring these qualities into people's lives, but engenders a sense of peace and overall well-being.
From the American Horticultural Therapy Association's website:
Horticultural therapy (HT) is not only an emerging profession, it is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of peaceful garden environments have been understood since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and considered to be the "Father of American Psychiatry," reported that garden settings held curative effects for people with mental illness. Rehabilitative care of hospitalized war veterans in the 1940’s and 1950’s greatly expanded the practice of HT. Today, HT is recognized as a practical and viable treatment with wide-ranging benefits for people in therapeutic, vocational, and wellness programs.
HT is now taught and practiced throughout the world in a rich diversity of settings and cultures.
The garden at Remington House was recently able to make its first drop-off of food to the food bank. For some of the kids, to be the donator of food that would go to others in need, rather than the recipient as a person in need, was an exciting and empowering moment of great pride.
Congrats to all the kids who participate in Garden Time...you're doing awesome!