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Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Therapeutic Horticulture: A Gateway to Healing and Connection with the Natural World
June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
with Emilee Weaver, NCBG Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Location: Virtual and in Reeves Auditorium
Fee: Free; $5 suggested fee; preregistration required
Therapeutic horticulture (TH) is an intervention that uses plants and nature-based activities to work towards personal goals. Through TH, diverse groups of participants are enabled to reach their individual physical, cognitive, psychological, social, spiritual, and/or vocational goals through the use of adaptive tools, techniques, activities, and environments. Who would you be and how would you be affected if you completely lost or had minimal ability to physically, cognitively, or emotionally connect with the natural world? How would it feel to live in a sterile institution, a hospital bed, or a body or mind that confines you to your own home or thoughts? We are all just an accident, illness, or a few years of the aging process away from being faced with these possibilities and millions of people are already coping with this experience every day. TH is the professionally facilitated gateway that enables and empowers those who desire a connection with Nature to regain access and function within natural environments. Join Emilee Weaver as she provides a general overview of why, how, when, and where TH is practiced and discover how the NC Botanical Garden is addressing community needs with this innovative new approach to physical and mental health and wellbeing through education and direct services.