TILTHY RICH

People, Plants, Possibilities

A Closer Look at the Field of Horticultural Therapy ...

The premise upon which HT is built is as follows:  plants and nature can be used to improve a person’s cognitive, physical, spiritual, psychological and social functioning!  In a ‘nutshell’, quality of life is raised!  

PROGRAMMING TO RESTORE The restorative potential of horticultural therapy is derived mainly from the practical and natural activities used in its programming.  Due to the non-threatening characteristics of the activities employed in each 'class', diverse populations are served well in a variety of settings. Strategies for effective treatment are engaged and multiple resources are accessed and deployed as is deemed timely and helpful for each and every individual student-client.  These are the concepts behind horticultural therapy programming.  

SCENT GARDENS Created especially for those who have visually impairments, but so enticing to all. Many of the plants grown here are magnificently fragranced.  One light touch of a leaf sends up clouds of heady scent to the passerby!  Some of these marvels need no human contact to cause them to express their joy of living for they freely shower the fortunate traveler with opulent perfume.


ACCESSIBLE PATHWAYS & RAISED BEDS
 In an accessible garden, raised beds should be no more than 4 feet wide to ensure access to the planter from both sides and no more than 2 feet wide if access is only from one side.

Ideally, pathway widths should be 4 to 5 feet enabling ease of wheelchair and scooter turning and persons using walkers or walking side-by-side. For safe traveling and ease of movement is it best to have paths composed of brick, chips & dust, crushed stone, hard-packed wood chips or textured flagstone.