Therapeutic Gardening and Garden Tour
Students of all ages and abilities can learn about and enjoy plants through interactive, engaging, and therapeutic plant-based activities. Led by Horticultural Therapist Irene Brady, this 2-hour program helps foster decision-making, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and creative problem-solving through plants, soil, and water. Direct engagement is encouraged, but students can choose to participate actively or passively in these sessions. After potting up a plant or creating a plant-based craft to take home, students will take a guided walk through the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses where they can smell, touch, hear, taste, and see the plants and features, stimulating and inspiring positive reactions—questions, conversation, and joy. Interacting with plants in a social, dynamic situation breaks down barriers and helps create opportunity for mindful growth. The price for this program is $75.
The Gardens is made possible by a variety of plant science and horticultural professionals. Bring your horticulture, botany, or science students for a program with one of our professionals, and hear more about their career path and work at the Gardens. Topics that could be covered include:
- Botany/herbarium work
- Plant conservation in public gardens
- Native plants
- Medicinal plants
- Edible gardening
- Landscape design
- Horticultural therapy
- Bringing wildlife to the garden
- Invasive plants/pests
Programs last approximately 30–45 minutes and include time for students to ask questions. Advanced notice of at least two weeks is required to take part in the Career Chat program. Call ahead to discuss possibilities. The price for this program is $25.
If your schedule does not include enough time for a Guided Program but you are still interested in having an educational experience, consider our option for an Education Station covering a topic such as the Five Senses, Birds, or Bees. An educator will station themselves in the Gardens and be available for a short drop-in educational experience that students can engage in at their leisure while they explore the Gardens. The price for this program is $25