• You’ll increase your vocabulary and become more familiar with gardening and the role of horticulture as a form of therapy.

• You’ll have an opportunity to interact with other individuals and groups who want to learn and apply shared knowledge as it relates to horticulture.

• You’ll learn that horticulture provides emotional growth, promotes interest and enthusiasm while you watch plants grow and flowers bud.

• You’ll get plenty of physical exercise when you handle plants, till soil and work the garden to create your works of arts.

• You’ll learn other people’s strategies and how they create unique plants of varying shapes and sizes. You can then apply these techniques to your own plants, shrubs and landscapes.

• You can also experiment with new and different approaches to growing plants including cross pollination and creating hybrids.

Charles C. Lewis is quoted as saying, “The garden is a safe place, a benevolent setting where everyone is welcome. Plants are non-judgmental, non-threatening, and non- discriminating. They respond to care, not to strengths and weaknesses of the person providing it. It does not matter whether one is black or white, has been to kindergarten or college, is poor or wealthy, healthy or ill: Plants will thrive when given careful attention. What is important is that they receive proper sunlight, soil, water and nutrients. Thus in a garden, one can take the first steps towards self-confidence.” From Green Nature/Human Nature, The Meaning of Plants in Our Lives, by Charles C. Lewis 1996 AHS Horticultural Therapy Award Winner

If you’re considering becoming involved in the art and science of horticulture as your hobby of choice, know that you’re not alone. There are gardening clubs locally and nationally you can become affiliated with to learn more about horticulture.

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