Project Leader - Candy Tredway
Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center
The Master Gardener volunteers visit the Center on a monthly basis for horticulture therapy with the residents there. The sessions take place on the third Monday of the month at 10:30, and typically last about one hour. The group size varies, but averages about ten residents, mostly female. The therapy projects are indoor in the facility dining room. During the growing season, the residents enjoy arranging fresh flowers which are donated by Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, VA. Other projects have included decorating pumpkins, planting Easter buckets, making lavender sachets, and creating dish gardens, to name a few.
Project Leader- Neddy Mack
Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County
355 William Mills Drive
Horticulture Therapy is held the fourth Friday of each month (3rd Friday in November, no session scheduled in December) at Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County in Stanardsville, VA. Master Gardeners meet with residents in a group setting and work one-on-one to provide stimulation, information, and recreation through plant-based activities.
Project Leader- Heidi Sage
Autumn Care Horticulture Therapy
Master Gardeners enjoy meeting with interested residence on the first Thursday of the month from April through October at 11:00 AM. There are raised beds on the back patio and we spend time helping the residents plant, weed and enjoy the gardens and time outdoors.
The Horticultural Therapy Program at Dogwood Village in Orange was established 15+ years ago by Barbara Banner (now deceased) and Suzanne Aiello. As such, it is the longest running MG program in Orange County (with the possible exception of the Extension Office Help Desk). Several years ago, the program was recognized by the Virginia Health Care Association with a “Volunteer Group of the Year Award”.
We meet the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:15am in most cases (unless there isa conflict with the Dogwood Village schedule or in such cases as preparing entries for the County Fair when the day and time have to be changed so that the flowers are fresh).
Since most of the facility’s residents come from rural backgrounds, this program seeks to keep them connected with that life by participating in activities such as planting seeds, transplanting small seedlings, flower arranging for judging at the Orange County Fair, tomato/vegetable tastings in late summer, and making Christmas swags in December. The various activities serve to help with dexterity and keep residents engaged, and most thoroughly enjoy “playing in the dirt”. Master Gardeners provide the flowers and greenery from their garden/property for these activities while the facility provides all cost items (soil, pots, etc.).
The program is entirely self-supporting. There is a May plant sale of the tomato plants and flower seedlings that residents have planted/transplanted and in December the Christmas swags are also sold (almost solely to family and staff members).
The activities are generally very “hands on” since most residents require assistance with the various activities. Dogwood Village staff and the participating master gardeners are there to help with that.