Gardening therapy classes
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland will offer a conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 on therapeutic gardening, horticultural therapy and adaptive gardening techniques.
The program is for staff and volunteers who work with special populations, including people with disabilities and the elderly, in hospitals, mental health and assisted living facilities, nursing and group homes, and health and wellness organizations.
The speakers include Nancy Chambers, a horticulture therapist from the Glass Garden at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in Manhattan.According to the institutes’s website: “The Glass Garden opened in 1958 as an amenity to Rusk Institute — a place where patients, visitors and staff enjoy the soothing, natural environment of plants, water birds, and beauty as a retreat from the hospital atmosphere.
“In the mid-1970s, one of the nation’s first horticultural therapy programs began in the Glass Garden. Patients of all ages work with trained horticultural therapists on activities that help to rehabilitate physical and cognitive functioning as part of their occupational therapy program. These horticulture activities also help the patients to achieve a sense of personal accomplishment, productivity and self-reliance.”
The cost to attend the Cornell program is $50 per person and includes lunch. Registration is required by Monday. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-429-7085, ext. 117 to register or for more information.
A Painted Lady butterfly enjoys nectar from a flowering Butterfly Bush during a monthly tour of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland’s demonstration garden in Thiells. (File photo by Kathy Gardner)