Ability Garden in 2021

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At the Ability Garden, we are “Empowering the underserved through gardening, education, inclusion and community engagement.”

Founded in 1999 by the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum, in 2016 we became a non-profit organization.

We serve children and adults with disabilities, as well as individuals who lack access to equitable resources. Using green spaces at the NHC Arboretum and community outreach sites, including schools, skilled nursing facilities, and day treatment programs, our programming provides customized, horticulture based, therapeutic interventions with a focus on socialization, nutritional and environmental education, positive behavior support, and vocational training. With plants as our intervention, we are able to reduce stress, improve concentration, teach new skills and increase self-confidence.

Presentations and consultations are also available through the Ability Garden.

More information is available on our website:  www.abilitygarden.org


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Heather Kelejian, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHeather KelejianExtension Agent, Agriculture - Therapeutic Horticulture Call Heather Email Heather N.C. Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County Center
Updated on Feb 25, 2021
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