A Garden For Life

We are pleased to tell you about a new therapeutic program in process at Rogers Memorial Hospital: horticultural therapy. We know that physical environment and experiential therapies, including horticultural therapy, can have a major positive impact on treatment for many psychiatric illnesses and conditions.

For that reason, we are asking you to join the Foundation in giving those who suffer an opportunity to connect with nature in a way that will complement the other therapies offered at Rogers and inspire the recovery process.

Your gift will help:

  1. Landscape outside therapeutic garden space
  2. Procure materials to dig, plant and grow the garden
  3. Further develop the horticultural therapy program
  4. Train staff

Some of our patients have already experienced the benefits of nature on a very small scale in the current gardens at Rogers.

Therapeutic Gardens Designed for Recovery

Features include:

  • Nature-based play area with balancing elements and play house
  • Bird and butterfly sanctuary
  • Patio and outdoor work area
  • Small group seating area
  • Raised planter beds and planter pots
  • Gazebo and bench style swing with shade arbor
  • Water feature, green wall, stone walking path, sound abatement wall

The therapeutic uses for this green space span across all ages and diagnoses at Rogers. It will be used for group therapy sessions, as a play and therapy site for children, therapeutic gardening space for adolescents, young adults and adults, and even a nutrition therapy space for patients to develop healthy relationships with food through planting, harvesting and cooking.

Successful Outcomes Supported by Research

Research shows — and there are many stories to be told — that direct contact with nature leads to increased mental health and well-being. Studies by the American Horticultural Therapy Association report numerous benefits from gardening, including:

Improves concentration
Stimulates memory
Improves goal achievement
Improves ability to stay focused
Increases relaxation

Improves immune response
Decreases heart rate

Decreases anxiety
Increases sense of self-control
Improves mood
Reduces stress
Increases sense of accomplishment

Improves social integration and interaction
Provides for healthier patterns of social functioning

These benefits are also treatment goals for patients at Rogers. Our doctors and therapists enthusiastically endorse horticultural therapy as a part of the treatment process. Guided by a specially trained therapist, patients will have the opportunity to be actively involved in gardening as part of their individually tailored treatment plan, increasing positive health outcomes at Rogers.