Wendy's Night Out to Benefit Therapy Gardens

Gardeners are dreamers and planners who can look at a bare patch of dirt and see it filled with healthy, colorful plants.   Extension Master Gardeners have been staring hard at a plot of ground at the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens and envisioning a place for healthy gardeners:  a Therapy Garden, set to open in Spring, 2015.

A Wendy’s Night Out fundraiser to benefit the Therapy Garden will be held at the South Boston Wendy’s restaurant on Thursday, October 30, from 5 – 8 pm. 

Horticultural therapy and adaptive gardening are well known to provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual benefits. A Therapy Garden is specially designed to offer a safe alternative to people who may have abandoned gardening due to aging, or physical or emotional difficulties.  The new garden at SVBG will demonstrate techniques and designs that can be taught on site and duplicated at private homes and at area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Planning for the new garden has been going on for almost a year.  The first stage of construction will include leveling and enclosing the plot and adding a state-of-the-art permeable surface and walkways that will provide wheelchair access and eco-friendly drainage.  Students from the horticulture department at Halifax County High School are building several types of raised beds that will permit gardeners to easily plant, weed and harvest while sitting or standing.  Some of the beds will be planted with a selection of sensory-oriented plants that offer color, texture and fragrance – and other beds will grow vegetables that will stimulate appetite and good nutrition.  Special attention will be given to the safety, security and comfort of gardeners.

The Therapy Garden will be a classroom to teach adaptive horticulture to individuals, special populations, facility staff, families of residents and anyone who wants to learn to change how they garden.  Come talk to Master Gardeners at Wendy’s on October 30th and learn about the Therapy Garden.