National Garden Bureau offers therapeutic garden grants for 2018

The National Garden Bureau is in the business of educating and encouraging people to increase the use of plants in homes, gardens and workplaces.

And for the last four years, it has been trying to support the building and growth of therapeutic gardens around North America. Its Growing for Futures Therapeutic Garden Grant offers $5,000 to make that happen.

“Caring for plants and experiencing nature brings healing and purpose to people whose lives have been affected by illness, addiction, violence or military service,” Heather Kibble, NGB president, told “National Garden Bureau, in partnership with local therapeutic organizations, strives to make gardening accessible to everyone, no matter their situation, history or abilities. Our garden grant program impacts individual lives using garden-based education and therapy.”

Applications for the 2018 grant can be found here and are due by July 1.

Three grant applications for 2017 came from Pennsylvania: Able Services in York, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Therapy Center and Healing Gardens in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern.

More on therapeutic gardens

Our Doug Oster wrote about a garden for healing at the Hillman Cancer Center in the Baierl Pavilion at UPMC Passavant in McCandless, as well as about therapeutic water gardens.