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1999 and still GROWING
Our Mission
“Empowering the underserved through
gardening, education, inclusion and
community engagement.”
What does that Mean?
We serve -
• Individuals
• Groups from schools and other facilities
• Provide outreach at sites through out the
community
We make gardening accessible regardless of
age, race, gender, physical ability or
economic resources.
We provide services to -
• Older Adults
• Children & Adults w/ physical
and cognitive disabilities
• Under-served communities
• Hospice
• Substance abuse, PTSD, trauma recovery,
support groups
Services are provided -
• At the NHC Arboretum
• Our Outdoor Classroom
• Our Indoor Greenhouse Classroom
• Supported volunteers
• Outreach Sites
The Ability
Garden Van
Promotes
Community
Plant Sales &
Outreach
The Ability Garden is a
model for accessibility
Sharing many ways to grow plants to suit individual needs.
We participate in Community Events
Blue Ribbon Commission
Bike Day
PARKing Day
Art in the
Arboretum
We offer 5 types of programing
1. Individuals through our Supported Volunteer Program
• Long time volunteers who have achieved a level of independence
and volunteer independently with supports
2. One time visits
• Groups that come out seasonally for an activity
3. Weekly groups
• Focus on socialization and job readiness skills
4. Bi-weekly groups
• Focus on socialization and job readiness skills
5. Monthly
• Introduction into gardening throughout the year
We give Workshops, Presentations and provide Consultations
• Workshop training program
• Focused on staff at outreach facilities we serve
• Presentations to garden clubs and other organizations, topics include
• Therapeutic gardening
• Accessible gardening
• Using containers & Creative containers
• Incorporating the garden into art
• Consultations include:
• Site visits
• How to start a gardening program
• Potential funding sources for a program
• Evaluating potential for using gardening therapeutically
• Creating a sustainability plan for your program
NCYGS – National Children and Youth Gardening
Symposium from American Horticultural Society
Annual Conference 2016
Bringing the Garden into Art Enrichment
American Community Garden Association
Annual Conference 2016
Growing Urban Policy
Recent Conference Presentations from the
Ability Garden
Current Community Partners
• Cape Fear Rescue Mission
• Blue Ribbon Commission
• DREAMS
• Centripetal Farms
• Coastal Compost Council
• Junior League of Wilmington
• Feast Down East
• NC Nourish
• QENO
Current On-going Programing
• 2 Transitions groups @ NHC Arboretum
• 2 sessions Open Community groups @ NHC
Arboretum
• Lake Forest Academy
• DC Virgo Preparatory Academy
• Hemenway Center
• Youth Empowerment Services
Potential Volunteer Opportunities
• Assisting with groups at the Arboretum
• Assisting with outreach groups
• Community events
• On-going watering and plant care at the
Arboretum
• Educational workshops sponsored by the
Ability Garden
• Special Events
Bringing people and plants together !

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General Ability Garden Introduction

  • 1. 1999 and still GROWING
  • 2. Our Mission “Empowering the underserved through gardening, education, inclusion and community engagement.”
  • 3. What does that Mean? We serve - • Individuals • Groups from schools and other facilities • Provide outreach at sites through out the community We make gardening accessible regardless of age, race, gender, physical ability or economic resources.
  • 4. We provide services to - • Older Adults
  • 5. • Children & Adults w/ physical and cognitive disabilities
  • 8. • Substance abuse, PTSD, trauma recovery, support groups
  • 9. Services are provided - • At the NHC Arboretum
  • 10. • Our Outdoor Classroom
  • 11. • Our Indoor Greenhouse Classroom
  • 15. The Ability Garden is a model for accessibility Sharing many ways to grow plants to suit individual needs.
  • 16. We participate in Community Events Blue Ribbon Commission Bike Day PARKing Day Art in the Arboretum
  • 17. We offer 5 types of programing 1. Individuals through our Supported Volunteer Program • Long time volunteers who have achieved a level of independence and volunteer independently with supports 2. One time visits • Groups that come out seasonally for an activity 3. Weekly groups • Focus on socialization and job readiness skills 4. Bi-weekly groups • Focus on socialization and job readiness skills 5. Monthly • Introduction into gardening throughout the year
  • 18. We give Workshops, Presentations and provide Consultations • Workshop training program • Focused on staff at outreach facilities we serve • Presentations to garden clubs and other organizations, topics include • Therapeutic gardening • Accessible gardening • Using containers & Creative containers • Incorporating the garden into art • Consultations include: • Site visits • How to start a gardening program • Potential funding sources for a program • Evaluating potential for using gardening therapeutically • Creating a sustainability plan for your program
  • 19. NCYGS – National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium from American Horticultural Society Annual Conference 2016 Bringing the Garden into Art Enrichment American Community Garden Association Annual Conference 2016 Growing Urban Policy Recent Conference Presentations from the Ability Garden
  • 20. Current Community Partners • Cape Fear Rescue Mission • Blue Ribbon Commission • DREAMS • Centripetal Farms • Coastal Compost Council • Junior League of Wilmington • Feast Down East • NC Nourish • QENO
  • 21. Current On-going Programing • 2 Transitions groups @ NHC Arboretum • 2 sessions Open Community groups @ NHC Arboretum • Lake Forest Academy • DC Virgo Preparatory Academy • Hemenway Center • Youth Empowerment Services
  • 22. Potential Volunteer Opportunities • Assisting with groups at the Arboretum • Assisting with outreach groups • Community events • On-going watering and plant care at the Arboretum • Educational workshops sponsored by the Ability Garden • Special Events
  • 23. Bringing people and plants together !