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Wishing you warmth, light, and peace from the Therapeutic Landscapes Network.
Horticultural Therapy is, in a nutshell, the use of plants, gardens, and other aspects of nature to improve people’s social, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Check out the HT page on the TLN website, and the organizations American Horticultural Therapy Association and the Horticultural Therapy Institute for more information. The new book, Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces also has a great chapter on HT, written by the inimitable Teresia Hazen at Legacy Health in Portland, OR.
The HT program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is well-established and respected in the field. Thanks to Pam Young, the Horticultural Therapist there, for this description of their program, and for the accompanying photos.
Many of us across the U.S., and other parts of the world as well, are pretty tired of winter by now. Even in Central Texas, it’s been colder than usual, for a longer period of time than usual. I still don’t quite get the way that people here cover their lovely but tender plants with pretty much anything that’s available – black plastic bags, old bedsheets, large pieces of cardboard… So yards that are quite attractive in the spring, fall, and summer end up looking like dead lawns strewn with trash. Oh, well.
I was going through some photos from a trip to Florida a few years ago and happened upon this one of a giant, fearless Hibiscus flower. It said, “Post me today.”
So here you are. Tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 2:00 am, we “spring forward” an hour for Daylight Savings time. Even if there’s still snow on the ground and cold wind is howling through the gaps, the days are lengthening, and spring is approaching. I promise.
Nature always holds mysteries. Sometimes they reveal themselves easily, taking us by delighted surprise. Sometimes we have to look a little harder. Sometimes we must simply thrill in the knowledge that they are there, like a secret, waiting to be discovered.
From all of us at the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, to each and every one of you, wishing you a healthy, joyous 2014!