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General Ability Garden Introduction

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Introduction and overview of the Ability Garden of New Hanover County, North Carolina. Our unique therapeutic gardening program is located in Wilmington, NC at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This slide show gives an overview of our therapeutic gardening program. We use horticultural and environmental education to promote health and wellness, meet individual goals and support community development. The Ability Garden is designed to be a model program and as such is highly adaptable to different goals and situations.

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General Ability Garden Introduction

  1. 1. 1999 and still GROWING
  2. 2. Our Mission “Empowering the underserved through gardening, education, inclusion and community engagement.”
  3. 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. 4. We provide services to - • Older Adults
  5. 5. • Children & Adults w/ physical and cognitive disabilities
  6. 6. • Under-served communities
  7. 7. • Hospice
  8. 8. • Substance abuse, PTSD, trauma recovery, support groups
  9. 9. Services are provided - • At the NHC Arboretum
  10. 10. • Our Outdoor Classroom
  11. 11. • Our Indoor Greenhouse Classroom
  12. 12. • Supported volunteers
  13. 13. • Outreach Sites
  14. 14. The Ability Garden Van Promotes Community Plant Sales & Outreach
  15. 15. The Ability Garden is a model for accessibility Sharing many ways to grow plants to suit individual needs.
  16. 16. We participate in Community Events Blue Ribbon Commission Bike Day PARKing Day Art in the Arboretum
  17. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 23. Bringing people and plants together !

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