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Flower arranging and other horticulture activities.
Residents help to garden and harvest their own food.

Planting The Seeds Of Mind, Body, And Spiritual Growth

Horticulture therapy is the practice of engaging people in plant and gardening activities to improve their minds, bodies, and spirits. At Sunshine Care we encourage our residents to join our Garden Club, where they can participate in the circle of life, turning seeds into the food that may end up on their dinner plate!

Residents participate in:

  • Planting seeds
  • Transplanting young plants from the greenhouse to an outdoor garden
  • Weeding the gardens
  • Releasing helpful insects to nourish the plants and soil
  • Composting
  • Harvesting the plants
  • Arranging flowers

Though it may seem like our Garden Club is all about planting and harvesting, it is really about learning, making connections to other people, and paying homage to the past. Each club meeting includes an educational lesson from Farmer Roy, our Director of Horticulture, [..more about Farmer Roy] as well as the sharing of garden-related memories from our residents. Our Kids Garden Club [..more about Kids Garden Club] also helps us out, and our Grandmas and Grandpas love taking new little gardeners under their wing!

Reaping the Benefits of Horticulture Therapy

Cognitive Benefits

  • Teaches new skills
  • Promotes concentration, problem solving, and planning
  • Exercises memory

Physical Benefits

  • Improves strength and mobility
  • Increases energy and endurance
  • Exercises hand-eye coordination

Psychological Benefits

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Increases confidence and positive thinking
  • Stimulates senses through touch, taste, and smell

Social Benefits

  • Encourages social interaction
  • Maintains coping skills and motivation
  • Helps build good teamwork habits

Want to see our gardens up close and try some horticulture therapy for yourself? Consider attending one of our free community garden lectures, [Garden Lectures] which always take place on the third Saturday of every month. You can also call to schedule a tour of our facility and grounds.