Saturday, June 9, 2012 by jhblogger
The residents of Jerome Home and Arbor Rose have been enjoying the beautiful flowers growing in their Courtyard garden. Not only is the garden a great place to raise beautiful flowers or to harvest your own vegetables, but it is also a great place to have the family come together.
Research has found gardening, or horticulture therapy, mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health, well-being and life satisfaction. Caregivers and their loved ones, whether children or an aging loved one, can benefit from the therapeutic effects of gardening, including hands to plant and feel dirt, nose to smell the flowers and eyes to see their plants grow. Horticulture therapy has been found to help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and ease symptoms of dementia and other disabilities.
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. For those just starting out, consider a tomato plant in a large pot on your front porch or a small potted herb garden of parsley, chives and basil. Not only will you be able to watch them grow but you will have fresh produce to cook with!
So get ready to get your hands dirty and start gardening!