Gardening with a Disability

Many people have discovered that working in a garden can be therapeutic and inspirational, but gardening can present challenges to a person with a disability.  Back and neck pain, hand problems, blindness and an array of other disabilities could make gardening a painful experience rather than one that promotes a sense of well-being.  The Chicago Botanic Garden Horticultural Therapy Services staff provides 45 to 60-minute sessions of “activities that encourage socialization and support therapeutic objectives through its Scents and Senses activities” for people of all abilities.  The activities include plant propagation, harvesting of herbs, making birdseed, and taking a sensory tour.   Additionally, the Horticultural Therapy Training Program provides training, tools, and equipment for starting your own horticultural therapy program for persons of all abilities.

Not everyone can go to Chicago to enjoy the accessible programs offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden, but tips and resources for the home gardener with a disability can be found at this link and this link.