Horticultural Therapy

Please note that, due to COVID-19, changes have been made for this season to help ensure staff and guest safety. The information below may not reflect those changes. More information about changes to our season can be found here on our website. Please give us a call at (207) 633-8000 if you have any questions.

Lerner Garden Horticultural Therapy Area

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers people of all abilities a rich, dynamic horticultural experience in our universally accessible Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. This inspirational garden is the scenic setting for a creative and holistic garden-based program called Horticultural Therapy through which participants enjoy multi-sensory benefits that lead to improving overall wellbeing. Our trained Horticultural Therapist customizes and leads each session to help enhance the quality of life for everyone who participates.

Horticultural Therapy

Nurturing Connections Program:

Available for pairs or groups: In these reserved sessions, participants nurture their connections with one another while they collaborate during a stimulating garden activity. In this remarkable setting under the guidance of the trained Horticultural Therapist, participants experience firsthand how plants and garden activities can enhance their lives. These wellbeing sessions are designed for pairs—a loved-one and his or her parent, child, caregiver, friend or guardian—or for organized groups to build stronger relationships and skills while experiencing the color, scent, texture and serenity unique to the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.

Lerner Garden - reading braile bronzeNurturing Connections welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia, visual impairments, physical, developmental, emotional or social challenges. We will accommodate and modify sessions to suit the participant’s needs. To carry these connections home, participants will leave with a plant-based craft or planted memento.

These 90-minute sessions are offered as either a one-time visit or, for groups, as part of a recurring series. Returning for multiple sessions instills a deep sense of purpose and pride as participants learn to garden and actively nurture living plants in a secure, warm space. Admission to the Gardens is included in all fees.

Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy is frequently used as a complementary modality for clinical applications. Our Horticultural Therapist can extend the service to provide documented therapeutic goals that are coordinated with any clinician, therapist or case-worker. If you are interested in this service, please contact Irene Brady Barber, 207-633-8034 or ibarber@mainegardens.org.
Sessions run June 11th-September 13th

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