The PEI Farm Centre runs a Therapeutic Horticulture program in the Legacy Garden. This program partners with organizations in PEI to bring therapeutic horticulture programming to their clients. We have worked with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and young adults recently exiting rehabilitation or mental health facilities, but this program would benefit any number of people including, individuals with PTSD, individuals with cognitive functioning impairment, individuals in incarceration, children, seniors and many more.
Therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and garden activities that improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and cognitive skills to promote health and wellness for an individual or group. It is a practice that has proven to help improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. Therapeutic horticulture has also been shown to help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance. The practice was first recognized in the 1940s to help servicemen rehabilitate from PTSD. Today, therapeutic horticulture is recognized by health practitioners and therapists around the world. Our program has been endorsed and reviewed by the Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association. Our trained staff will supervise the participants, helping them to improve their memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. The physical rehabilitation qualities of horticultural therapy can also help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance.
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