Ability Garden Moves Forward and Grows

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2022 has been a year of transitions as we moved out of COVID restrictions and back to a more normal pattern of life. It has been great to get back into the schools, working with students in outdoor spaces and to see raised garden beds built in the Creekwood community, where residents can grow some of their own produce a few steps from their front door.

clover cover cop in raised bed

This year the Ability Garden also explored building a personal connection to nature as a tool to work through trauma, through a partnership with Extension Master Gardeners℠ of New Hanover County to serve A Safe Place. And we continued to provide supports to professionals and students exploring ways to use nature and gardening as a modality for healing. Already, 2023 is looking like a busy and productive year. The Ability Garden will continue programming at schools and at the NHC Arboretum.

accessible table for potting plants

We are working on workshops to share some best practices for bringing nature-based programming to a range of audiences. These workshops will be perfect for teachers, counselors, social workers, and Master Gardeners interested in therapeutic horticulture. As we strive to create a dynamic, model based therapeutic program through the N.C. Cooperative Extension system, we will be recruiting volunteers to our Advisory Committee, non-profit Board and the newly formed Master Gardener Therapeutic Horticulture Committee. If you have an interest in learning more about any of these opportunities, please reach out to Heather Kelejian, hlkleji@ncsu.edu.

ability garden 3rd Saturday plant sale flyer

Finally, please support our third Saturday Plant Sales, January – November. All the plants are products of our hardworking participants and the funds raised go directly back to the community.